Jeopardy! producer, Mike Richards, announced that the trivia game show will announce its permanent host this summer in time for the new season.
Jeopardy! producer, Mike Richards, says the permanent host will be announced this summer. Back in November, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, longtime host, Alex Trebek, passed away peacefully at the age of 80. Following the passing of Trebek, the trivia show announced that a string of celebrities, such as Aaron Rogers, Dr. Oz, and Anderson Cooper, would guest host the series until a permanent host was named. Recently, it was announced that Reading Rainbow star LeVar Burton will guest host Jeopardy! in July after an online petition garnered support from celebrities and fans alike. Now, it appears the era of revolving guest hosts could soon be over.
Per ETCanada, Richards reveals that Jeopardy! will name its permanent host sometime this summer. Explaining that it “will all come down to testing” with the top executives at Sony Entertainment, Richards reveals the process has been extensive and said, “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of, as far as testing in its size and scope”. Reportedly, Jeopardy! is expected to begin filming its new season in July or early August and will have its official host in place.
Since former Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings, kicked off the roster of guest hosts back in January, ratings for the game show have fluctuated, and certain guest hosts, such as Dr. Oz, haven’t lived up to fans’ standards. Of course, it’s still unclear who will permanently fill Trebek’s large shoes as the permanent host of Jeopardy!. Indeed, Trebek had a profound impact on his audience members, contestants, and fans, and locking down his successor is no easy feat. Jeopardy! fans will have to stay tuned to find out who will take the iconic host’s place as the next host of the trivia game show.
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