With the unexpected passing of the legendary game show host Alex Trebek earlier this month, it seems Sony has been busy figuring out how to continue Jeopardy in his absence. While a permanent replacement hasn’t yet been chosen, the fan-favorite contestant Ken Jennings will serve as an interim host in early 2021 when the show returns to the airwaves. He’ll begin taping episodes next week when production resumes on November 30, 2020.
We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family – starting with Ken Jennings. Additional guest hosts to be announced. pic.twitter.com/0MdGqnzp3R
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 23, 2020
For those unfamiliar with the name, Jennings holds the record for the most consecutive wins in Jeopardy history. Amassing an astounding 74 game win-streak, Jennings began his reign of supremacy in June of 2004 and went about five months before getting defeated (some of that time was inflated due to the presidential election and a few other events). He’s one of the most recognizable contestants from the show and is an easy choice to replace Trebek for the time being.
Sony, for its part, has said that other guests will host the show until it can select a suitable replacement. As for whom that might be, Anderson Cooper and George Stephanopoulos are some of the ideas that have been floating around. Either one would make a solid choice, especially since their on-screen decorum matches that of Trebek’s.