Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings hints at how long he will host game show as he continues to share job with Mayim Bialik

JEOPARDY!’s Ken Jennings has teased at how long he will continue to host the popular trivia show.

In a recent installment, Ken, 48, opened up about his tenure on the game show. 

Ricky A. Rivera II revealed tidbits about his pet tortoise


Ricky A. Rivera II revealed tidbits about his pet tortoiseCredit: ABC
Ken Jennings hinted at how long he expects to host Jeopardy!


Ken Jennings hinted at how long he expects to host Jeopardy!Credit: ABC
Ken pictured with the late Alex Trebek


Ken pictured with the late Alex TrebekCredit: Getty

Ricky A. Rivera II, an employee stock ownership plans analyst from Chicago, Illinois, shared personal tidbits about his pet tortoise named Sunday. 

Ricky revealed that tortoises might “live up to 50 years old.”

He mentioned that his pet “watches Jeopardy! with me, so that’s cool.”

Ken asked: “How old is Sunday right now?

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Ricky replied: “Probably around 20, I think.

Ken added: “So he’s in good health?”

After the contestant agreed and nodded, the ABC star mentioned: “He has decades ahead of him.

“Sounds great! He could be watching the show into my thirtieth season. We don’t know.”

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While the game show is currently in its 39th season, Ken was guest-hosting the program in Season 37 and sharing hosting duties with Mayim Bialik, 47, during Season 38.

The two were announced as the permanent replacements for the late longtime host, Alex Trebek.


In January, Jeopardy! producers revealed the upcoming scheduling changes between the two cohosts.

The  Call Me Kat star will fill in for Ken in mid-February after a longer absence than expected.

During the Inside Jeopardy! podcast, producer Sarah Foss and executive producer Michael Davies answered when the Big Bang Theory actress star will be back and explained why fans have not seen her.

Sarah said: “We know there’s been a lot of discussion around our hosting schedule.

“We want to let you know when you can watch Mayim and when you can watch Ken in the coming months.”

The producer continued: “Ken will be hosting in January and into February before Mayim comes in to host our High School Reunion tournament.

Sarah mentioned that the three-week special will “welcome back 18 teen tournament contestants from Season 35, now in college.”

On Mayim’s absence, Sarah explained: “Originally, we did think Mayim would come back in January.”

She went on: “Her Call me Kat schedule – it evolved – so she’ll be back a little later than we anticipated.

“But not for any lack of wanting to have both hosts on the show as much as possible – just scheduling.”

Sarah concluded: “Mayim is a busy, busy woman! We’re excited to have her back.”


Also during Friday’s episode, Ken confused the contestant over the correct answer to: “An Alabama historic site invites you to journey back to the 1940s and learn about this group of Black military aviators.”

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Ricky was supposed to say: “What are the Tuskegee Airmen?” instead of “What are the Tuskegee Red – Red Wings.”

Ken explained: “Or the Tuskegee Red Tails. Ricky, so close.”

Jeopardy! producers revealed Mayim's 'busy,busy' schedule has 'evolved'


Jeopardy! producers revealed Mayim’s ‘busy,busy’ schedule has ‘evolved’Credit: ABC
Ken and Mayim Bialik posed together for a Christmas photo


Ken and Mayim Bialik posed together for a Christmas photoCredit: Jeopardy!

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