Ken Jennings kicked off his stint as interim host of the famous game show by honoring the man who made it famous. saying Alex was pretty much ideal at what he did for more than 36 years. Following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek, whose final episode aired January 8, the show will introduce a series of guest hosts until a more-permanent replacement is named.
Even without the man who brought the wit and poise to the show for almost 37 years, "Jeopardy!" went on as business as usual Monday with Jennings at the helm.
Although he had planned how he wanted to conclude his time on the show, Trebek's final episode, which aired Friday, Jan. 8, ended with his familiar sign-off: "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for spending the time with us". The episode included a montage of Trebek's greatest moments over the years, which moved many fans to tears. Sadly, Alex died 10 days later without filming another episode.
It's hard to tune into "Jeopardy!" and not see Alex Trebek. "Like all Jeopardy! fans, I miss Alex very much", Jennings says. 'I know exactly how they feel when they see anybody else behind this lectern. On Monday, the game show moved forward without Trebek. I'm just happy to fill in and help out'. "This is gonna take some time to get used to".
I don't think there has been any decision because it is just such a rapidly developing situation, nobody expected to lose Alex this soon and we are still grieving about it, honestly, and basically, they just needed someone who could sit in the chair. He's first up in "a series of interim guest hosts from within the 'Jeopardy!' family", which also possibly includes Katie Couric.
"I was reminded of the thing he always emphasized about the show which was he's not the star of the show", said Jennings.
On Monday, "Jeopardy!" went on without Trebek as champion.