Jeopardy is a television game show in America running since 1964. The show has huge popularity and consists of more than 8000 episodes in total. The original daytime category first appeared on March 30, 1964, on NBC, and the season lasted till January 3, 1975. The weekly nighttime version debuted in September 1974 and continued till September 1975. They also made another comeback show, The All-New Jeopardy!, which aired from October 1978 to March 1979 on NBC. The recent series, the 37th one, is released in September 2020 and produced by Sony Pictures Television.
The show serves as a competition for the guests where their general knowledge is determined by taking the hints they give in the form of answers, and in return, they deliver it back in the form of questions. The show is created by Merv Griffin and directed by Bob Hultgren, Eleanor Tarshis, Jeff Goldstein, Dick Schneider, Kevin McCarthy, and Clay Jacobsen. Art Fleming and Alex Trebek present the show. The regular category of the show received 39 Daytime Emmy Awards along with a Peabody Award and holding the highest record.
Out of 60 best shows made in American history, Jeopardy made it to No. 45 on TV Guide’s list.
Hosts and Announcers Of The Show
Art Fleming hosted the first three seasons of Jeopardy. The announcer of the original NBC genre and the weekly syndicated genre was Don Pardo. In The All-New Jeopardy! That aired in 1978. Don got replaced by John Harlan. From 1984 to 2020, the show was hosted by Alex Trebek, except from one time, Pat Sajak, the Wheel of Fortune host, came as a Jeopardy host as a prank on April Fool’s Day. The episode got aired on April 1, 1997.
The announcer normally presents the contestants, the returning champion, their respective wins, and then introduces the host of the show. He also voices over the before and after the commercial break. He also presents the consolation prizes and the sponsorships of the show. He is basically the entertainer and the heart of the show, as he keeps the grip of the audience with his humor and enlivens the crowd before the game starts.
In the regular version, Jay Stewart had the role of the announcer since 1983 but got replaced by Johnny Gilbert as it transformed into a series, and it continued being like that. Recently, Stewart resigned from his job due to his old age.
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What Happened To The Beloved Ex-Host Of The Show?
For thirty-six years, the host of the show was once asked about the rumors of him quitting the show in 2020 in a Fox News program in 2018. He addressed the issue and revealed that the chances were 50/50, and he is willing to continue after 2020 if he does not make any further mistakes. He also renewed his contract with the show’s production team till 2022.
Unfortunately, in 2019, he has detected stage four pancreatic cancer. He also made a video to update the fans of the show who were worried about his health. He revealed that his physical health was not showing any signs of process, but neither he was; he promised not to give up. He was determined to fight against the disease and come back to the show as a host as soon as possible. He also cracked a joke saying that he had already signed the contract and served more than three years as the show’s host, no matter what his physical state is.
On November 8, 2020, Trebek passed away when he was still the emcee of the show; he last came on October 29, 2020, for shooting an episode. The show producers denied to say any name of the next host and told that Trebek had shot enough new episodes for that particular year.
The executive producer Mike Richards paid tribute to Trebek in the first episode aired after he passed away, which was on November 9, 2020. They turned off the lights on the show for some time, and for the next few episodes, the screen at the end showed “Dedicated to Alex Trebek: Forever in our Hearts, Always our Inspiration.”
Who Is Hosting Jeopardy This Week?
After Alex Trebek passed away, the show hasn’t hired a permanent host. A few guest hosts appeared and emceed the show. Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric, and Dr. Oz have been featured as guest hosts for the past weeks.
Aaron Rodgers, the famous American football quarterback who plays for Green Bay Packers, has made his appearance this week in the worldwide popular show Jeopardy, which has been running on television since 1974.
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