The much beloved Alex Trebek's name will always be inseparable from trivia game show Jeopardy!, but the show's producers say he wanted the show to go on after him.
The 46-year-old Jennings, who has more than $4 million in career game show earnings, including his January 2020 $1 million win in the prime-time special tournament, "Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time", has been widely speculated as in the running for the permanent job.
Jennings responded to the Tweet with one of his own.
"I would love to honor Alex Trebek in that fashion!" Before winning the "Greatest of All Time" series in January, Jennings set a still-standing record of 74 wins in a row in 2004.
Years later, Jennings took on Watson, an IBM super computer the size of 10 refrigerators. "We will honor his legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved".
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host Jeopardy! for the next 18 months. It is still airing shows that Trebek filmed before his death.
Instead, some of Trebek's best episodes will rerun during the weeks of December 21 and 28, with his final shows coming the week of January 4 "in order to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances" free from holiday hubbub. "On that particular day, I will speak to Harry [Friedman, executive producer], and I will speak to Clay [Jacobsen], our director, and tell them, 'Give me 30 seconds at the end of the program".
Art Fleming hosted earlier editions of the game show, including the original "Jeopardy!" that debuted in 1964 on NBC and aired for a decade.