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.

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7 Responses

  1. Arjav Rawal says:

    David Pogue would be good…who thinks so?

    • VJ says:

      idk about Pogue, Arjav. I like John O’Hurley myself.

      Here’s what I think would be GREAT — if they narrow it down to 3 or 4 and then have them guest host a week during Trebek’s last season. Then let viewers vote.

  2. Eric S says:

    As I have previously mentioned, I believe Brad would be an excellent choice. Not only as the Greatest player, possessing insightful game theory, but as one with, although it on a vastly smaller scale, game show hosting experience, he would be my choice to help evolve the show.

  3. Jack says:

    The Philly website is actually for Philadelphia magazine (www.phillymag.com).

  4. VJ says:

    Whoever they pick when Trebek retires, it will certainly be the end of an era for Jeopardy!

    One thing about Ken Jennings — he’s only 40 now, and Trebek was about 44 when he took over. Everyone else mentioned is in their 50s. Slimmer chances of them hosting for as long as Trebek.

    • john blahuta says:

      so jennings would be 42 IF he takes over from alex. he has certainly one advantage among j fans: name recognition and he was a very nice guy. he took his loss very gracefully although it was really a “duh” clue. FedEx??

      i would not mind seeing him as host. plus, people change and grow with what they are doing. 15 years ao alex behaved somewhat differently than today, that’s only natural and normal. we all change with the years, be it professionally or in private life.

      there are of course naturals. no matter who hosts/hosted family feud, the only guy who could make that show happen was richard dawson. same with WoF and pat.

  5. Arjav Rawal says:

    Marc Summers would be good….Definitely not Ken, please. Brian Williams, LeVar Burton, or Marc Summers.