Ken Jennings Exits ‘The Chase’, Could He Become ‘Jeopardy!’ Full-Time Host?
The case for Jeopardy!‘s full-time host may be in jeopardy no more as Ken Jennings has stepped away from The Chase at ABC.
The current Jeopardy! guest-host joined ABC’s game show alongside his fellow Jeopardy! alums James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter when the show debuted in 2021. But now he’s taking a step back as teased by Holzhauer who tweeted, “By popular demand, The Chase is now 100% @KenJennings-free.”
I’m already missing all the lovely folks at @TheChaseABC, and the great trivia minds, and James. https://t.co/uhqCIimzw2
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 15, 2022
Meanwhile, Jennings responded by saying, “I’m already missing all the lovely folks at @TheChaseABC, and the great trivia minds, and James.” The exit coincides with Jennings recent milestone of hosting 100 Jeopardy! games, something he commemorated a few nights before the mention of his exit from The Chase.
Apparently tonight is my 100th time hosting Jeopardy!, which means (a) I have now hosted more games than I played, and (b) I’m just 9,950 hours away from achieving Malcolm Gladwell-style mastery.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 12, 2022
“Apparently tonight is my 100th time hosting Jeopardy!,” Jennings wrote on March 11, “which means (a) I have now hosted more games than I played, and (b) I’m just 9,950 hours away from achieving Malcolm Gladwell-style mastery.” With plenty of Jeopardy! episode sunder his hosting belt, Jennings has more than enough experience to take over as he currently shares duties with Mayim Bialik who previously was designated primetime hosting rights.
While it’s mere speculation at this point that Ken will be the full-time host on Jeopardy! moving forward, it would seem fans of the series are on the same mindset. Whether it’s his ongoing presence or Jennings’ association to Jeopardy!, something just fits right for viewers. See what they’re saying about Jennings potentially taking over full-time, below, and stay tuned for any possible updates.
Ken, please let this mean that you’re going to be the permanent host of regular season game play @Jeopardy! As much as I enjoy you on @thechaseabc, you have done an excellent job hosting Jeopardy!, and I would be thrilled to see you hosting it each weekday permanently! 💗💗💗
— Courtney Rogers (@CourtneyMRogers) March 15, 2022
Just make @KenJennings the permanent full time host for @Jeopardy already!!
— Johnny Peralta (@Johnny_Peralta) March 19, 2022
Just make @KenJennings the host for Pete’s sake! Ken is so rad! #jeopardy
— I’m good thx (@FaiselSoren) March 16, 2022
If @KenJennings is leaving the #chase , does that mean that he will be the host of @Jeopardy ?
I hope so!
— Kerry Berry ☘️ (@KerryBe59933439) March 15, 2022
Hi @Jeopardy! Can you please make @KenJennings the permanent host? No one will ever replace #AlexTrebek but #KenJennings is doing a fantastic job as host & has settled in nicely. Please Jeopardy, make him the one and only host! Ken and Ken only! Please!🙏#Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/H5dkbgy0uF
— countrymusicfan 🦋 (@cntrymusicfan) March 15, 2022
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