Sunday, 07 March, 2021


Ken Jennings opens ‘Jeopardy’ with emotional farewell to Alex Trebek

Ken Jennings' hosts first 'Jeopardy!' after Alex Trebek's death Ken Jennings to host first Jeopardy!' episode on Monday
Hannah Rogers | 12 January, 2021, 07:06

"We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace; really, there is no other word for it". "Like all Jeopardy! fans, I miss Alex... very much".

The venerated game show host's final episode aired Friday (but was taped on October 29, just 10 days before his November death Nov. 8 at 80, of pancreatic cancer). The highlight montage played during the airing of the last episode Trebek taped. Alex Trebek attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine "Jeopardy!" competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York.

"Honestly, I'm with the audience". "I don't want me out here".

It's hard to tune into "Jeopardy!" and not see Alex Trebek. "I know exactly how they feel when they see anybody else behind this lectern". I'm just happy to fill in and help out'.

Former "Today" show host Katie Couric will reportedly also serve as a guest host of "Jeopardy!".

'It's a very demanding job, and he was just the best, ' said Jennings, who beat James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter on JEOPARDY!

Rumors have swirled that Jennings was being "groomed" to take over the show, and his name was tossed in the ring as a potential permanent replacement - fueled further when he preemptively apologized for past "insensitive" tweets ahead of his hosting debut.

Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, speaking with the Today show earlier this month, said Trebek "was in enormous pain" amid the tapings, but the consummate professional - "an absolute warrior" - soldiered on.

"Jeopardy!" paid its final respects to the beloved host last week with a 90-second video tribute thanking him for his 37 seasons of service, since he began the gig in 1984.

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