The beloved game show “Jeopardy!” is preparing to return on Monday night with some new guidelines in place amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The longtime “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings is a consulting producer for the show, and he will be presenting special video categories, developing projects and acting as a general ambassador for the series.
On Monday morning, Jennings went on “Good Morning America” to talk about some of the changes that have been made for the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The set has been a little spruced up this season,” he said. “The thing you’ll notice for COVID is that the individual contestant podiums, the lecterns, are now socially distanced; they’re feet apart instead of being a single bank. And Trebek will stay at the host podium instead of coming over to the contestants because Alex’s health is priority No. 1.”
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Trebek will still be hosting the show as he continues to receive treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which he has been battling for over a year. Fox News reported that he recently said he feels at his best when he’s at work doing the job he loves.
“On a personal level, I’m excited because it gets me out of the house, it gives me something to do on a regular basis and I was missing that,” Trebek said.
Trebek, who has hosted the show since 1984, said previously that he has no plans to retire as long as he feels his skills “haven’t diminished too much.”
“When you’ve been hosting, there are some of you who have been doing your jobs for many years,” he said back in January. “Some of you two or three decades. When you’ve been in the same job for that long period of time, it moves you to think at some point about retiring. Thinking about retiring and retiring are two different things.”
As for Jennings, he’s excited to get started with his new role in the game show that he loves.
“I probably know as much or think as much about ‘Jeopardy!’ as anybody in the world who’s not on the payroll,” he explained.” “So I’m happy to be on the team.”