Jeopardy and Alex Trebek Fans are still struggling with this death which occurred earlier this month at the age of 80.
Besides commemorating Trebek’s legacy, many started to ask who could possibly fill his shoes as a substitute for the iconic tv series.
Personally, I can’t imagine anyone else taking the great Alex Trebek’s place. Maybe it’s partly because it’s all just still raw for me..missing him in that role.
But I suppose if anyone could take his place, I do believe that past Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings, would be the best that could be selected.
It was revealed on Monday that Jennings would host the series—at least for a little bit. Jennings is set to act as interim host of the series when development starts on November 30th, and will be the first of many guest hosts to take on the role. At this point, the series is not appointing a full-time substitute host.
Jennings is the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. He holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy with 74 wins.
He also holds the record for the highest average correct responses per game in Jeopardy! history (for those contestants with at least 300 correct responses) with 35.9 during his original run (no other contestant has exceeded 30) and 33.1 overall including tournaments and special events. In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance.
His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $4,522,700
“Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” executive producer Mike Richards 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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