Alex Trebek will kick off Season 37 of the popular game show “Jeopardy!” and be joined by its biggest champion of all time, Ken Jennings.
“I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era,” the 80-year-old host of the game show explained in a statement about the show’s return on September 14, per TMZin a piece published Friday. (RELATED: Alex Trebek Announces He Was Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer)
“On a personal level, I’m excited because it gets me out of the house,” he added. “It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that.” (RELATED: Alex Trebek Begins New Season Of ‘Jeopardy!’ After Completing Cancer Treatment)
#Jeopardy37 starts September 14 with some exciting changes!
— Jeopardy! Returns 9/14! (@Jeopardy) September 3, 2020
A tweet from Jennings, shared on the “Jeopardy!” Twitter page, read “This is so exciting for me. See you in a week and a half!”
This is so exciting for me. See you in a week and a half! https://t.co/mUdOOnEsFA
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 3, 2020
According to the report, Trebek will still be doing his hosting duties, with Jennings reading questions from a slew of his own categories as well as coming on board as a consulting producer with the show.
The new set allows for social distancing and filming has already gotten underway without a studio audience, per USA Today.
It comes following reports over the summer that the host was “feeling great” following his cancer treatments as he gets closer to that 2-year mark after revealing that he had been diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in March of 2019.