Ken Jennings has been slated as one of the new hosts for Jeopardy! but now, he may have ruined his chances at a permanent slot...
It was recently announced that Ken Jennings has landed the Jeopardy! gig...
Now, for those of you that don't know, Alex Trebek has been hosting the popular show for over thirty years.The iconic host took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life. The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.
After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run...And the show has been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...
But last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease," he said.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
Trebek wasn't just a TV host, he was essentially America's dad.He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice had been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
A simpler time...beard? I, for one, liked it.
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered...Because it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
The host was still battling the disease.Even though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek vowed that he would keep working while he was "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." What a man!
It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!The new season of Jeopardy! with Trebek premiered on September 9th.
But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.Following a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing.""Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo.""We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer.""We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He was always so dedicated to his job, though...And claimed he would keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo left him struggling to enunciate.
His wife, Jean, was a supporting rock throughout all of this.Trebek explained how his wife was the one that kept him going, and even went onto say that he would not be here with us today if it wasn't for her.
He told PEOPLE this:"She's kept me alive. If it weren't for Jean, I'd have put myself out of this a long time ago. "Love has kept me alive," he added.
But last year, he finally lost his battle.
TMZ reported that Trebek has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
Trebek's legacy will live on...And in an interview shortly before his death, he revealed that he had planned an "exit" speech for Jeopardy following his death.
"I will say my goodbyes."
Trebek explained: "What I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the showdown to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want'. I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye."
RIP Alex Trebek. Slow your scroll for 30 seconds and appreciate what an impact this man had. https://t.co/gr1e3NT51k— MR 🔗 (@MR 🔗)1604857257.0
But it seems the next host was recently announced...Ken Jennings, popular contestant and Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament winner, was revealed to serve as the first of a series of interim guest hosts.
But, now it appears there's been a twist in the tale...
On Sunday, Twitter users slammed Jennings' podcast co-host John Roderick, who was nicknamed "bean dad" for refusing to open a can of beans for his child for 6 hours.
Jennings then came to Roderick's defense on Twitter.
If this reassures anyone, I personally know John to be (a) a loving and attentive dad who (b) tells heightened-for-… https://t.co/yAJMCWeL5S— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1609706310.0
Problematic older tweets from Roderick were unearthed that reportedly included anti-Semitic remarks as well as racist and homophobic language - and people weren't happy about Jennings' response.
"If we're word-searching through old tweets now, it's pretty easy to find what he actually thinks about anti-Semitism. On our show he's always the pro-Israel one!" and was then told this was the worst response possible," he wrote on Twitter.
@edzitron yeah, fair enough. how about: there’s no axis where any anti-Semitic screenshot represents any actual opi… https://t.co/zKByjN5fTL— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1609716590.0
That wasn't all...
He then said that was "fair enough" and that none of the anti-Semitic screenshots reflected what Jennings had ever heard from Roderick. But Twitter users didn't stop there, responding with more problematic tweets from Roderick.
Hey, I just wanted to own up to the fact that over the years on Twitter, I've definitely tweeted some unartful and… https://t.co/G6z90X8pSv— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1609352915.0
Given all this, speculation has arisen as to whether he has already messed up his Jeopardy gig.
Jeopardy! has yet to release a statement about Jennings.
ken jennings is gonna post his way outta succeeding alex trebek which is truly an amazing bag fumble— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1609721399.0