ITV is said to be in talks to order a Jeopardy! rebirth after the classic game show spent 26 years off-screen. The original program is based on the US version of the same name, with the UK version launching on Channel 4 in 1983. Although nothing has been confirmed, an inside source has suggested the show may be hosted by the Good star Morning Britain, Richard Madeley, who would follow in the footsteps of Derek Hobson, the show’s original presenter.
The UK version of the popular game show, based on the US version of the same name, launched in 1983 and hosted by Hobson.
Viewers would see the host test the contestants’ knowledge of a wide range of topics and the winner would win the title and keep the prize money.
However, an ITV source for Metro said fans could see another TV reboot soon, but added “absolutely nothing confirmed at this stage and it hasn’t been ordered yet”.
Not shy of a few setbacks, Jeopardy! was revived by ITV in 1990 with host Chris Donat and later Steven Jones.
Sharing their thoughts on the idea of a revival, fans flocked to social media while some brushed off the host choice.
One viewer, @Col8712, pointed out, “I’m not sure he’s the right presenter, I think he needs someone who is at least light-hearted.” (sic)
@segamad67 echoed: “what’s a no thanks? richard, find someone else, maybe someone completely new.
The viewer went on to say, “idk. richard right.
While another @BigScreenQuiz wondered: “Can we have @GregScottTV for the host of #Jeopardy @ITV?”
Legendary host Alex Trebek, who had hosted the American version of the show since 1984, sadly passed away at the age of 80 in 2020.
The TV star opened up about her cancer diagnosis in 2019 and immediately began chemotherapy, continuing to host the game show while going through her treatment.
After receiving his health diagnosis, beloved Alex was hired to continue hosting Jeopardy! until 2022 but joked: “Actually, I have to do it!
He added, “Because according to the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!
After his death, it was revealed that Alex hosted over 8,000 episodes during his time on the quiz show.
The show paid a deserved tribute to the father-of-three, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, after dedicating his stage to the longtime host, renaming it “The Alex Trebek Stage” with the help of his wife Jean and his children Matt, Emily, and Nicky.
Alex had also been honored with a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host.
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The award was accepted by his children as Matt beamed: “We are so honored to accept this award on behalf of our father.
“As long as we can remember, he’s always been so proud to be a part of Jeopardy.
To work on a show based on knowledge and risk, and which challenges people on how to think.
The youngster went on to say, “He loved every moment of it.”