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Ken Jennings named interim ‘Jeopardy!’ host after death of Alex Trebek

Record-breaking “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings is set to serve as an interim host for the game show following the death of Alex Trebek earlier this month. 

Jennings, who previously won 74 games of “Jeopardy!” in a row, will be the first of several interim hosts when the show begins production next week, the show confirmed in a Monday statement. 

The episodes hosted by Jennings are set to air in January, following Trebek’s final week of shows beginning on Jan. 4.

A permanent replacement for Trebek has not yet been named, according to the statement.

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

Jennings shared on Twitter on Monday that “there will only ever be one Alex Trebek, but I’m honored to be helping Jeopardy! out with this in January.”

Trebek died of cancer on Nov. 8. Art Fleming hosted previous editions of the show include the decade-long version of the original “Jeopardy!” that began on NBC in 1964, according to AP.

During the weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 “Jeopardy!” is set to air 10 of Trebek’s “best episodes” from his years as the host, the show confirmed Monday. 

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