Ken Jennings ended his six-week stint as Jeopardy’s guest-host! To the late Alex Trebek with a tribute. After beating fellow champions Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer in a series of episodes, as reported by 6 ABC Action News, Jennings was declared the show’s Greatest of All Time.
Jennings thanked those who tuned in to see him for the past two months following his final episode on Friday, February 19, and gave a heartfelt mention to Trebek.
“That’s a wrap on my six weeks of Jeopardy! guest hosting,” Jennings wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for watching, thanks for your patience with a tough learning curve… and, as always, thank you Alex.”
In the Twitter thread, fans of the long-running game show responded to Jennings’ tweet and shared their comments.
“This revolving door of guest hosts seems silly when the permanent job should be rightfully yours. You did Alex proud,” wrote one follower.
“Ken, I believe you are the legitimate heir. No one else will have your love for the show. I’ll give it a chance, but I don’t think anyone else will honor and respect the show as you have,” claimed a second fan.
At the end of his run, Jennings reminded viewers to continue watching the show for a “carousel of surprise guest hosts” who will lead the season.
Jennings’ run will be preceded by Executive Producer Mike Richards stepping behind the podium, a press release released by the show said. Former Today Show host Katie Couric, athlete Aaron Rodgers, neuroscientist and Call Me Kat actress Mayim Bialik and journalist Bill Whitaker will join him during the season as guest hosts for charity.
Also added to the list of guest hosts were Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who will step up to the lectern this season to support a charity of their choosing. The announcement was made by the executive producer of the show, Mike Richards.
The amount donated to charity will be equal to the total winnings of the contestants who compete as guest hosts during the weeks they represent.
“We look forward to each guest host bringing their unique abilities to the show and to our contestants winning a lot of money that we can match for charity,” Richards said.
Jeopardia! It is in syndication in its 37th season. The show’s press release announced that the series has an audience of 24 million viewers a week. It is the highest-rated TV quiz show and holds the title of Guinness World Records for the most Emmy Awards won by a TV game show.