Ken Jennings’ first episode back at the Danger! lectern aired on November 8, which also marked the first anniversary of the death of game show icon Alex Trebek.
Tag teaming on guest hosting tasks with big bang theory alum Mayim Bialik, the Danger! GOAT was originally set to take the stage in January 2021. Loyal viewers of the much-loved game show took to social media to cast their vote on who should become its regular host.
Viewers gave ‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT a warm welcome back
Jennings is a familiar face on Danger! From his record-breaking run of 74 games in 2004 to winning Jeopardy!’s greatest of all time tournament in 2020, Jennings has turned his trivia mastery into a role as an advisory producer on the show. Many fans were delighted to see him back on the board and are already lobbying for him to take the gig full-time.
“Great to have Ken back. He’s the perfect one Danger! person to host,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “Hope Ken is the new host,” wrote another. “Enough with the theatre. Get Jennings over there full time!’ noted one viewer.
“I’m so glad Ken is back. His presence reminds me of Alex. It’s a joy to watch!” noted one fan. “In the first five minutes I envision, it’s Ken… not a competition. Smooth, funny, charming,” commented another.
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‘Danger!’ fans have a fondness for Jennings history with the game show
Bialik originally came in as guest host in late May and resumed the role in September. With Jennings back in action at the legendary lectern, many Danger! followers clearly want to see that he gets the goalkeeping job.
‘Is he a host yet? he’s much better than Mayim,” commented one fan. “Why don’t you play the game all the time,” another asked. “So happy to see Ken back today! The show is so much more fun with him, he seems more relaxed than Mayim. He’s more suited to the role of host,” one commented.
For some fans, the Danger! GOAT’s longstanding connection to the show makes him the obvious successor to Trebek.
‘Welcome back, Ken. Mayim did a great job, but you are Jeopardy’s legacy and future as his greatest champion,” commented one fan. “Not to beat Mayim as she’s doing a great job but hosting Ken just feels right,” explained one viewer.
Mayim Bialik has her own voices for ‘Jeopardy!’ host
While Jennings has a solid fan base thanks to his Danger! resume, Bialik acquired her own cheering section while guest hosting the show. Many viewers expressed the hope that she would land the coveted role for good.
“No. I don’t want him as a permanent host. Mayim for host!” a fan lobbied “Bring Mayim back! She was a class act. Loved her!!” another was delighted. “Please DO NOT know the host. He doesn’t shut up and I don’t care if he keeps going. Besides he has no personality, bring back mayim!!’ one viewer pleaded.
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Bialik has a full plate outside? Danger! The mother of two enters her second season of Fox Network’s Call me Kat, and she also hosts a podcast with friend Jonathan Cohen. Despite having to juggle a busy schedule, Bialik hasn’t been shy about being mentioned Danger!’s full time host.
“I think it’s very clear,” Bialik told Glamor in September 2021. “There’s no other job I’d rather have. I love my sitcom job, I really do. I love all the other things I do — I love the podcast. But I’ve definitely never had a better job. ”