Next: Alex Trebek Leaving Jeopardy Would End An Era. “A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at age 80 after a public battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Winner of seven Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host, the 80-year-old has been the face of Jeopardy! since 1984. A third agreed: "Honestly, Ken Jennings might make a fine replacement for Alex Trebek. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2, — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020. Besides being the highest-earning game show participant in the US history, Jennings was hired as a consulting producer and brand ambassador of … "I just don’t think it’s appropriate to have that conversation until Alex comes to me and says, 'OK. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,” Jennings wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of the two men taking a selfie. © 2020 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. And in a follow-up tweet: “Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! as a consulting producer, leading many to wonder if he was being primed to take over for Trebek as the show's host. “You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex. Last year, Trebek shocked the nation when he revealed that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. for three more years! producer denies there being any truth behind the recent rumors that show champion Ken Jennings will replace Alex Trebek as host. That's right folks, I'm talking about... the globe thing behind the logo. !” tweeted Family Feud host Steve Harvey. seeking a replacement for Trebek, the trivia show became the talk of the town with the rise of Jeopardy! signed on to serve as a consulting producer, 'Jeopardy!' 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Their joint answer might not surprise you ... they love the guy. reserved.PMC Entertainment. I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career. It's not surprising then, why it’s still unclear who will fill his large shoes as the future host of Jeopardy!. executive producer Mike Richards says that Jennings’ new, on-camera roll is not intended as a tryout for the host position. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero,” wrote. The top three contestants in JEOPARDY! By He was a sweet, smart and graceful gentleman always and will be missed as he rests in gentle peace. "Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working. No matter what the future holds though, Alex Trebek will continue in his role as the legendary host of Jeopardy! EXCLUSIVE: Ken Jennings and the late Alex Trebek share a special "Jeopardy!" Nick Caruso / Jennings recently signed on to serve as a consulting producer on Jeopardy! Click the button below to start this article in quick view. The trivia show resumed production in late July with an altered set design to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and as it stands, Trebek has made it clear that he has no plans to retire in the near future. The question is simple ... who'd be a good choice to follow in Alex's footsteps when the day comes??? #RIPAlexTrebek.”, Netflix Hires ITN CEO Anna Mallett As VP Physical Production, Performance Science 'Undeniably' Helped Dodgers Win World Series, Leslye Headland Teases 'Star Wars' Series, Set in a Timeline…, U.K. A Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” starting January 7 at 8|7c on ABC. A third agreed: "Honestly, Ken Jennings might make a fine replacement for Alex Trebek. Trebek remains the host of the iconic game show, which just launched its 37th season this month. RIP Alex!" Both Jennings and Trebek appeared in the premiere of season 37 of Jeopardy!, which aired September 14. executive producer Mike Richards set the record straight, saying, "[Alex is] the host of the show. ", "Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer," he continued. family. executive producer Mike Richards set the record straight, saying, "[Alex is] the host of the show. What is Alex Trebek? He will work behind the scenes in a significant capacity, but will also have on-camera segments as well. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. He was an impartial arbiter of truth and facts in a world that needs exactly that. Alex Trebek returned to host Season 37 of Jeopardy tonight, but tomorrow he’ll be joined by a longtime favorite on the show, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings… Following the news of Jeopardy! history will face off in an epic primetime special event: “JEOPARDY! All rights A true, true gentleman and courageous hero,” wrote Viola Davis. hosting duties whenever that time comes. A Jeopardy! ... 31, would make a great replacement. Who is Alex Trebek? Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter were in midtown Manhattan Monday, where they seemed to be doing press to hype up Tuesday's 'Greatest of All Time' episode, which pits KJ, BR and the new kid on the block, James Holzhauer, against each other for 'Jeopardy' G.O.A.T. This is my plan.'" There has been a lot of speculation that Ken Jennings' new role on Jeopardy! All rights reserved. Rest In Peace, Alex.”, “Couldn’t we have one nice weekend?” tweeted Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a "tryout" to replace Alex Trebek as host, but the show's boss has confirmed it is not. host Alex Trebek.Trebek died at the age of 80 on Sunday after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. Greatest of All Time tournament, which crowned former champion Jennings as the winner. Ken Jennings has made an impact in the past and it would only make sense to … After all ... he told Harvey a year ago he was thinking of passing the torch as he's 79 years old. Trebek died after a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. When Alex Trebek — who died Sunday aged 80 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer — was asked who should replace him as host of "Jeopardy!," he had a standard go-to line: "Someone younger.