Did you watch the newest episode of Jeopardy! last night? If you did, you will have noticed a new host, Ken Jennings. But what did Ken Jennings do for a living before taking to the Jeopardy! set as a guest host?

Here’s what we know.

Ken Jennings hosts Jeopardy!

Fans of the show were heartbroken when long-time host Alex Trebek died in November 2020. Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 37 seasons, from its revival in 1984 until 2020.

Yesterday, 11 January, Jeopardy! was back for its first show since Trebek’s passing.

In November, it was announced Ken Jennings would be taking over presenting duties.

Jennings has stepped in as a guest host for the show, and on his first episode he gave a heartfelt tribute to Trebek.

He said: “Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honours of my life. Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years.”

Who is Ken Jennings and what does he do for a living?

Ken Jennings is an American game show contestant, consultant, author, and television host.


In 2004, he won 74 games of Jeopardy! in a row and, in the years since, no contestant has come close to matching this feat.

His winning streak made him a millionaire, as his winnings totalled $3,370,700.

In January 2020, Jennings won Jeopardy: The Greatest Of All Time and its prize of $1,000,000. This tournament featured Jennings alongside former Jeopardy! champions Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.

Following on from his winning streak on Jeopardy!, Jennings went on to participate in other game shows such as 1 vs. 100, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and 500 Questions.

Jennings wrote about his experience winning Jeopardy! in his 2006 book Brainiac: Adventures In The Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World Of Trivia Buffs.

His newest book, Planet Funny: How Comedy Ruined Everything, was released in 2019.

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