Lots of “Jeopardy!” fans can’t wait to see Ken Jennings becoming the show’s next host after the late Alex Trebek.
Ken has a lot of supporters in his corner and is considered by many to be “Jeopardy!” family. After all, he still holds the No. 1 winning streak for most games won with a staggering 74-game winning streak that he broke in 2004. The second-place winning streak was established by Amy Schneider last January. She only won 40 games before admitting the fatigue was starting.
Considering Ken stepped back from his commitments to NBC’s “The Chase,” fans thought he would be announced as the new host of “Jeopardy!” any day. However, Ken took to Twitter on Friday night to let fans know he was making his debut on a brand new game show.
Ken Jennings exchanges “Jeopardy!” For Pyramid… at least temporarily
I am aware that I have a very strange and specific bucket list, but this was a big deal: I can play on the next season of Pyramid! https://t.co/FJ04MCDhoN
—Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) June 17, 2022
On Friday night, Ken tweeted, “I’m aware I have a very weird and specific bucket list, but that was a big deal: I’m going to be performing on Pyramid’s next season!”
He linked to a Parade article that revealed the lineup for Season 6 of ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid.” Hosted by Michael Strahan, the sixth season will debut on July 10, 2022.
For fans unfamiliar with the show, contestants are asked to guess and give various clues through word associations before time runs out. Two celebrities and their partners race against time to enter the winner’s circle, where they will win a chance to compete for $100,000. The show was hosted by Dick Clark for fifteen years in the 1970s and 1980s.
The premiere features celebrities Lindsey Vonn, Russell Peters, Jason Alexander and Wayne Knight. Besides Ken, other notable guests include RuPaul, Nicole Byer, Cedric The Entertainer, Rachel Bloom, Rosie O’Donnell and many more.
Parade also gave a breakdown of who will face whom. For example, “Holey Moley” fans might be excited to see Rob Riggle take on Joe Tessitore. For “Jeopardy!” fans, Ken Jennings will face Ross Mathews. Mathews is also a television host and personality, first rising to prominence as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and becoming known as “Ross the Intern.”
New episodes air every Sunday on ABC at 10 p.m. ET, but if you’re not a fan of staying up that late, we’ve got some good news for you. Episodes will be available the following day to stream on demand and on Hulu, so you can watch the episode whenever it’s convenient for you.
What is ‘Jeopardy!’ Are fans thinking about his “Pyramid” run?
Please be sure to point out that it is not actually a pyramid but simply a triangle
—Dan Lewis (@DanDotLewis) June 17, 2022
Dan Lewis commented: “Please be sure to point out that this is not actually a pyramid just a triangle.”
Used to like the Dick Clark version. Can’t wait to see you on it Ken!
— Noah and his cat (@NoahStallings) June 17, 2022
“Loved the Dick Clark version. Can’t wait to see you on it Ken!” another fan commented.
Hopefully one of the categories is “7 ways Ken is better than James Holzhauer”. Although it may be difficult to limit it to just 7.
— Matthew (@bklwyr) June 17, 2022
“Hopefully one of the categories is ‘7 ways Ken is better than James Holzhauer,’ another fan joked. “Although it might be hard to narrow it down to just 7.”
Glad to see you! Good luck!
— Carolyn Jones (@Carolyn13512084) June 17, 2022
Another fan added, “Nice to watch you! Good luck!”
The good news is that Ken has probably already taped his episode, so that shouldn’t impact his commitment to “Jeopardy!” whatever sort of. Fans are hoping that Ken will be announced as the new host soon, but it’s more likely that an announcement won’t come until late July or early August when the season ends.
“The Big Bang Theory” alum Mayim Bialik is currently hosting, but Ken assured fans he’ll be back before the season ends!