‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT Ken Jennings has joined the present as a consulting producer, and it has followers questioning — will he be the subsequent host when Alex Trebek ultimately retires?
Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is again in a brand new position. The newly-minted GOAT isn’t competing this time, however has as an alternative joined the legendary trivia present as a consulting producer once they return on September 14. What this implies: Ken will current video classes, develop tasks, help with contestant outreach, and extra, in line with Jeopardy!‘s September 2 Twitter announcement, which you’ll watch beneath.
Within the video, Alex Trebek says, “Don’t fear. I’ll nonetheless be the host.” However the brand new addition to the present has followers questioning if Ken will take over sooner or later. In any case, Ken is arguably essentially the most well-known Jeopardy! contestant of all time — and as proved in January 2020, the best. He’s the pure selection for when Alex, who was recognized with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers in 2019, ultimately retires.
“Seems like they’re getting ready for Ken Jennings to take over as host of Jeopardy. That is the most important no-brainer in leisure historical past,” a fan on Twitter mused. “I’ve been calling this for years, Ken Jennings will succeed Alex as jeopardy host. And now he’s ‘presenting complete classes’ ALL IS AS I HAVE FORETOLD,” one other tweeted. “I hope trebek lives endlessly, however Ken Jennings as the subsequent host of Jeopardy makes a ton of sense,” one viewer admitted.
Alex has made it clear that he isn’t leaving the present he’s hosted since 1984 anytime quickly, and is doing nicely regardless of his prognosis. Pancreatic most cancers has a one-year survival fee of 18 p.c, and he handed that milestone in March 2020 — whereas nonetheless internet hosting as regular. “My oncologist tried to cheer me up the opposite day, he mentioned, ‘Alex, although the 2-year survival fee is just seven p.c,’ he was sure that one 12 months from now, the 2 of us can be sitting in his workplace celebrating my second anniversary of survival,” Alex mentioned in a video handle that month.
However when he does go away, Alex has a sure host in thoughts to substitute him: Betty White! “I joke with the viewers on a regular basis and I say, ‘Betty White,’ as a result of they need any individual youthful, any individual funnier,” he mentioned in an interview with Good Morning America in July.