Would Ken Jennings Make a Good Successor to Alex Trebek?
Ken Jennings’ name pops up in a lot of places as a good choice for Jeopardy! host when and if Alex Trebek retires. Here is a quiz that Ken put together about Jeopardy! where you might get an idea of what kind of host he would make. Ken certainly likes to joke around, maybe a bit more than Alex. He likes to talk about himself, too, maybe just as much as Alex.
As for the difficulty level of the quiz itself: Easy. Fairly well-known facts that frequent Jeopardy! viewers will have no trouble with.
The scoop on Trebek’s contract is that it is due to expire at the end of 2016, so we’ve got almost 2 years before we’ll know if he will retire. But take a look at this article in Philadelphia News & Opinion from last year. The article is actually commenting on the New York Post’s article suggesting that Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams and Dan Patrick are all in the running for Trebek replacements. Gail Shister, the writer, makes her own mostly tongue-in-cheek replacements (Sarah Palin? C’mon!)
Not every commenter nominated an alternative, but out of 20 comments, there were 5 votes for Ken Jennings, more than anyone else. Others mentioned by the commenters were Jeff Foxworthy, Jeff Probst, LeVar Burton and Marc Summers.