Saturday, April 13, 2024

Toldya: Ken Jennings, Greatest Player of All Time, Named Interim Host of “Jeopardy!” When Show Resumes January 11th


I told you two weeks ago that Ken Jennings was the next host of “Jeopardy!” My inside sources said he was being groomed for th job and was even given a new job on staff there this year.

Now producers have announced as much, saying Jennings– the greatest player of all time– will get his tryout beginning January 11th.

“Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards 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.”

They say they’re going to rotate in a few different hosts in January. But by February sweeps, Jennings– unless he proves to be a dud– should get the permanent nod.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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