Ken Jennings’ recent, on-camera role with Jeopardy! isn’t any longer a tryout of kinds for him to in the end be triumphant Alex Trebek as host.
When it used to be announced that the Jeopardy! GOAT contender used to be becoming a member of Season 37 as a consulting producer — where his responsibilities embody the presentation of his devour particular video categories, starting with this Tuesday’s episode — the final assumption used to be that he used to be being groomed as Trebek’s eventual successor.
But recent executive producer Mike Richards nixed that belief, in an interview with The Ringer.
“[Alex is] the host of the speak. We’re no longer hunting,” Richards asserted. “He’s our guy, and he’s our guy till he tells us he’s no longer our guy, and then we are capable of fill a undeniable dialog. I honest accurate don’t mediate it’s applicable to fill that dialog till Alex comes to me and says, ‘OK. Here is my idea.’”
Trebek seemingly made a wink to such fan suppositions in a recent Season 37 promo, announcing, “Don’t trouble, I’ll composed be the host”:
#Jeopardy37 starts September 14 with some consuming adjustments!
Mic verify, one, two. Are you able to hear us, @KenJennings? pic.twitter.com/ojO2By0AeH
— Jeopardy! Returns 9/14! (@Jeopardy) September 3, 2020
Having breeze out of long-established episodes in early June, Jeopardy! resumed manufacturing in listless July with a sexy altered role designed to defend contestants and crew safe in mild of the coronavirus pandemic. Namely, producers added extra home between the contestants’ podiums (and between the contestants and Trebek).
Jeopardy!‘s Sept. 14 return came nearly two years into Trebek’s battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The TV icon no longer too prolonged in the past shared that an experimental immunotherapy medication has been “paying off,” adding, “My physician has told me that he’s reckoning on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the prognosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that two years occurs in February. So I ask to be around — ensuing from he acknowledged I will doubtless be around — and I ask to be net net hosting the speak if I am around.”