Ken Jennings suffocated when he introduced the first episode of “Jeopardy!” without iconic host. “Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans, I miss Alex a lot and I thank him for everything he did for all of us, ”Jennings said.
Jennings was exploited to serve as the temporary host of the long-running game show after Trebek died at the age of 80 from pancreatic cancer in November. The last episode that Trebek was filmed on was aired on Friday.
“You know sharing the stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors in my life. Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years and it was even better close on, “Jennings, who holds the record for most consecutive” Jeopardy! ” wins, said. “We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace, there really is no other word for it.”
Just before the show, Jennings tweeted a picture of what he called “a piece of quiz story”: a ticket from the first “Jeopardy!” episode Trebek ever hosted in 1983.
After Trebek’s death, rumors initially swirled that Jennings wouldHi M. Jennings is serving as a consulting producer this season of “Jeopardy!” and is also involved in another game show called “The Chase” with “Jeopardy!” James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. All three competed in the tournament “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” last year, where Jennings won.
It is unclear who will permanently host the future, but a number of temporary hosts are ready to take on Trebek’s previous duties until an official replacement is announced.
“Let’s be perfectly clear: no one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek,” Jennings said before introducing today’s contestants, “but we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”