SALT LAKE CITY — “Jeopardy!” returns with new episodes starting Sept. 14.
Jennings, who in January claimed the “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” title, is joining the show as a consulting producer for the upcoming 37th season.
“This is so exciting for me. See you in a week and a half!” Jennings tweeted on Thursday.
This is so exciting for me. See you in a week and a half! https://t.co/mUdOOnEsFA— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 3, 2020
In this role, Jennings — who amassed a $2.52 million total with a 74-game winning streak in 2004 — will present special clues and categories, help out in the search for contestants and help develop “Jeopardy!” projects, according to the show’s website.
“Don’t worry, I’ll still be the host,” Trebek said in the announcement. “And I’m looking forward to seeing you.”
That didn’t keep some fans, though, from speculating that this move could potentially indicate an eventual transition to Jennings becoming the show’s host. Trebek, who turned 80 in July, has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. With Jennings’ legendary status on the show, many fans have considered him to be a potential replacement.
I smell a transition plan.— Eugene Byon (변윤석) (@eybyon) September 3, 2020
Just finished Alex’s book. Hope this isn’t what I think it is. But I love Ken Jennings. He’s the only champ worthy of sharing the mic with the great one ❤️— donna leonard (@baseballballet) September 3, 2020
“I mean, it’s absolutely a dream job,” Jennings told the Deseret News earlier this year. “What a great job. … But I really can’t even think about anybody but (Trebek) hosting the show. He’s a hero to America’s nerds. I’m not emotionally prepared for turning on the TV and seeing anybody who’s not Alex Trebek — whether it’s me or not — hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ I’m just not ready to consider that yet.
“I hope he hosts for 100 years.”
In July, Trebek gave an update on his health, the Deseret News reported.
“I’m doing well,” the “Jeopardy!” host told fans. “I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good, I’m feeling great.
“I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September,” he added.