Ken Jennings choked up as he launched the primary episode of “Jeopardy!” with out iconic host. “Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ followers, I miss Alex very a lot and I thank him for every thing he did for all of us,” Jennings stated.
Jennings was tapped to function interim host of the long-running recreation present after Trebek died at age 80 from pancreatic most cancers in November. The ultimate episode Trebek taped aired on Friday.
“, sharing the stage with Alex Trebek was one of many biggest honors of my life. Not many issues in life are good, however Alex did this job just about completely for greater than 36 years and it was even higher up shut,” Jennings, who holds the file for many consecutive “Jeopardy!” wins, stated. “We had been dazzled by his intelligence, his allure, his grace, actually there isn’t any different phrase for it.”
Simply earlier than the present, Jennings tweeted an image of what he known as “a bit of quiz present historical past”: a ticket from the primary “Jeopardy!” episode Trebek ever hosted in 1983.
Following Trebek’s demise, rumors initially swirled that Jennings wouldhim. Jennings is serving as a consulting producer on this season of “Jeopardy!” and can be concerned in one other recreation present known as “The Chase,” that includes fellow “Jeopardy!” alums James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. All three competed within the “Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time” match final 12 months, with Jennings rising victorious.
It is unclear who will completely host the present going ahead, however a collection of interim hosts are set to imagine Trebek’s former duties till an official alternative is introduced.
“Let’s be completely clear: Nobody will ever exchange the nice Alex Trebek,” Jennings stated earlier than introducing the day’s contestants, “however we are able to honor him by enjoying the sport he cherished.”