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'Jeopardy!' To Resume Production with New Interim Host

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Even before the news of Alex Trebek’s passing spread, viewers wondered if the show would go on — and if so, who would be passed the baton?

Most seem to agree that the matter isn’t so much finding someone to completely fill Trebek’s shoes — who could? — but rather someone who could keep the show going.

Rumors and suggestions swirled as fans questioned who might be asked to host. George Stephanopoulos and LeVar Burton were two popular votes, according to CBS News.

“Alex believed in the importance of JEOPARDY! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” Mike Richards, the executive producer, said in a statement.

“We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”

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On Monday, the show announced which direction they’d be going in.

“We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family — starting with Ken Jennings,” the “Jeopardy!” account tweeted. “Additional guest hosts to be announced.”

It seems fitting that Jennings, renowned as the best “Jeopardy!” player in the history of the show, would return to its stage to help usher in a new era of gameplay. Jennings holds the record for highest winnings in regular season play as well as most consecutive games won.

Shortly following the game show’s tweet, Jennings confirmed his role in upcoming episodes of the show.

“There will only ever be one Alex Trebek, but I’m honored to be helping Jeopardy! out with this in January,” he wrote.

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Jennings has been watching the show since he was a boy. He knew Trebek for 16 years and got to watch the legend up close.

“Later, watching Alex host the show from up close, I understood the persona better,” he wrote in a story for TIME. “Running a fast-paced show like Jeopardy! is a harder job than viewers realize; the host is not only moderating the game for the three contestants, but he’s also interpreting it for viewers.”

“In sports terms, he’s the referee and the broadcast booth all at once. Alex wasn’t aloof; he was just busy. But he always made it look easy. And despite that daunting job description, he was never introduced, as Art Fleming had been in the 1960s, as ‘the star of Jeopardy!'”

“At Alex’s own insistence, he was always just ‘the host of Jeopardy!’ The star of the show, he always maintained, was the game itself.”

Jennings appears to be the first in a lineup of hosts that the show will see in future episodes, and as a lifelong fan and accomplished player, he should do rather well.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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