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Ken Jennings Will Guest Host 'Jeopardy!' In First Episodes After Alex Trebek's Passing

Ken Jennings is stepping behind the podium on Jeopardy!

The 46-year-old former Jeopardy! champion, and the most winningest contestant of all time, will guest host the quiz show in the first episodes to film since Alex Trebek‘s passing earlier this month.

Ken, who also serves as a consulting producer, will be the first of a series of guest hosts on the program. He’ll tape his episodes starting on Monday, November 30.

“Alex believed in the importance of ‘Jeopardy!’! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” said ‘Jeopardy!’ executive producer Mike Richards shared in a statement. “We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues.”

He added, “By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”

Jeopardy! also announced that the planned last episode of Alex‘s that was set to air on Christmas Day, will now air in January.

A selection of 10 of Alex‘s best episodes in celebration of his life will air between December 21 and 28.

Ken and future guest hosts’ episodes will air starting January 11.

Alex Trebek Was Cremated, Final Resting Place Revealed

Details about Alex Trebek‘s final resting place have been revealed.

The longtime Jeopardy host passed away on November 8 at the age of 80 following a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Trebek‘s death certificate, which was obtained by The Blast, revealed that he was cremated and his wife Jean Trebek took his ashes home. The certificate lists their Studio City, California home as his final resting place.

One week ago, Jean spoke out on Instagram to thank fans for their support.

“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much,” she said in the message.

Alex, who was 23 years older than Jean, was married to her for the last 30 years of his life.

Alex Trebek Did Something Incredibly Thoughtful Before His Death

Alex Trebek‘s legacy lives on.

The Jeopardy host, who sadly died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 80 earlier in November, donated 62 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles years ago in 1998, People reported.

The Trebek Open Space runs into Runyon Canyon Park. It is described by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation authority as “a sunny, well-established network of fire roads, providing “trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.”

The Laurel Canyon Land Trust reminded fans of the park with a tribute on Facebook following the sad news of his death.

“Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space,” they wrote.

“This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come. Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace.”

Ryan Reynolds recently recalled his last conversation with the late host.

Ryan Reynolds Recalls His Last Conversation With Alex Trebek: 'It's Still Heartbreaking'

Ryan Reynolds has opened up about the last conversation he shared with the late Alex Trebek.

During a new interview, the 44-year-old actor shared that the conversation they had was very bittersweet as the Jeopardy! host had asked him to come on the show one more time to deliver clues for a category.

Ryan has done this before a few times, with many of the instances reading clues about Canadians.

“It was a conversation about one of the shows he had coming up. I had been on the show a number of times, he was asking me about perhaps coming on again,” Ryan shared. “I was shooting in Atlanta and was unable to do it…When you speak with people like that that you grew up watching and suddenly you are talking to them on the phone, you start to reflect.”

Ryan added, that he didn’t realize it would be the last time they would speak.

“You just never know; tomorrow is not a given. Hug them tight, the people in your life. It was really shocking and sad,” he says. “Obviously, he was sick and it wasn’t totally, wildly unexpected. It’s still heartbreaking nonetheless. It’s absolutely gut-wrenching.”

Alex sadly passed away earlier this month after a long battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and just afterwards, Ryan remembered him in a touching tribute.

See how Jeopardy! honored Alex‘s memory shortly after his death…

This Video of Alex Trebek Swearing While Promoting 'Phone Jeopardy!' Is Going Viral

One big thing that fans didn’t really know about Alex Trebek was that he had a pouty mouth, and this viral video is proving it.

A new video that just surfaced online watches as the late Jeopardy! host is promoting Phone Jeopardy!, which was a promotion during the early 1990s for the quiz game show.

While shooting the promos, Alex is seen and heard flubbing a line, and each time he does it, he curses like a sailor.

“Keep watching ‘Jeopardy!’ 24 hours a day and call this number…eh, you dumb son of a b****, you don’t watch it 24 hours a day,” Alex says at the beginning.

He later says, “There’s a daily cash prize of $1000 and… f***…no s***.”

Alex has been known in the past to drop a few swear words, and in one particular radio interview with Dan Patrick, he was put on a delay because of it.

“I’m worried about your language,” Dan told the host at the time in 2014.

Alex sadly passed away over the weekend due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Jeopardy! released a touching tribute to Alex at the start of the week on the show. See what happened here…

'Jeopardy!' Producer Mike Richards Pays Tribute To Alex Trebek Ahead of New Episode

Mike Richards held back tears as he paid tribute to Alex Trebek on Monday’s episode of Jeopardy!

The executive producer spoke ahead of the recorded quiz show, revealing that Alex had filmed his final episodes just two weeks before his death over the weekend.

“This is an enormous loss for our staff and crew, his family and for his millions of fans,” Mike shared in his message.

He added, “He loved this show and everything it stood for…he will forever be an inspriation for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.”

The message ended with the stage dimming the lights. You can watch Mike‘s full message below.

Alex died over the weekend from complications from Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

His final episode will air on Christmas Day.

Alex Trebek Talked About His 'Jeopardy!' Replacement in One of His Final Interviews

The world is a little sadder today.

Fans are mourning the death of beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after it was announced that he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday (November 8).

Alex had been battling the disease for years, and told fans that he would continue to host Jeopardy! as long as “my skills have not diminished.”

During one of his final interviews with ABC News back in January, Alex shared a message with fans in regards to whoever would be replacing him.

“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,’” Alex shared, reciting his planned exit speech. “‘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.’”

Alex served as host of Jeopardy! for 36 years, since 1984. It was recently announced that Alex filmed his final episode just 10 days ago. You can find out when it will be airing here.