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Jeopardy! unveils new Professors Tournament where 15 instructors will compete for $100,000


Jeopardy! unveils new Professors Tournament where 15 instructors will compete for $100,000 in showdown hosted by Mayim Bialik


Professors will be competing for $100,00 in a brand new Jeopardy! tournament. 

The first-ever Professor’s Tournament will see 15 college and university professors going head-to-head for a $100,000 prize and a spot on the 2022 Tournament Of Champions. 

Mayim Bialik will be hosting the showdown, which will air weeknights from December 6 to 17.  

Class act! Mayim Bialik will be hosting Jeopardy’s first-ever Professors Tournament

‘It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the Jeopardy! stage,’ Mayim said in a statement, according to People

The actress, who had been guest hosting the show until recently, added: ‘There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special.’

The first three professors competing on December 6 are Hester Blum, an English professor at Penn State University, Gautam Hans, an associate clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, and Gary Hollis, a chemistry professor at Roanoke College.

The news comes just days after the one-year-anniversary of the passing of host Alex Trebek, who passed on November 8, 2020 at age 80 from pancreatic cancer.

Stepping up: Mayim and long-time winner Ken Jennings were announced as guest hosts for the remainder of the year back in September

Stepping up: Mayim and long-time winner Ken Jennings were announced as guest hosts for the remainder of the year back in September

Mayim and long-time winner Ken Jennings were announced as guest hosts for the remainder of the year back in September. Mayim hosted the show from September 20 to November 8, when Ken took over.

Ken recently revealed that Trebek’s wife Jean gave him a pair of Alex’s very own cuff links on his first day of hosting the show.

‘I miss Alex a lot,’ Ken said in a video released by Jeopardy! on YouTube on the one year anniversary of Alex’s death. ‘When I’m here, I feel like he’s probably in the building somewhere. It’s hard not to talk about him in the present tense.’

Heartbreak: The news comes just days after the one-year-anniversary of the passing of host Alex Trebek, who passed on November 8, 2020 at age 80 from pancreatic cancer

Heartbreak: The news comes just days after the one-year-anniversary of the passing of host Alex Trebek, who passed on November 8, 2020 at age 80 from pancreatic cancer

Jennings, who holds the records for most consecutive game wins on Jeopardy! and the show’s ‘Greatest Of All Time’ title, has been guest hosting the series this season alongside several others.

‘The first day I came in to guest host was just a few weeks after Alex had passed and it was a really rough time,’ Jennings went on to say in the video.

‘I got to the studio and one of the producers handed me a little box and Alex’s wife, Jean, had given me a pair of his cuff links that he had worn on the show. What a lovely gesture that was from Jean,’ he continued.

'What a lovely gesture': Ken recently revealed that Trebek's wife Jean gave him a pair of Alex's very own cuff links on his first day of hosting the show

‘What a lovely gesture’: Ken recently revealed that Trebek’s wife Jean gave him a pair of Alex’s very own cuff links on his first day of hosting the show

Touched: 'I got to the studio and one of the producers handed me a little box and Alex's wife, Jean, had given me a pair of his cuff links that he had worn on the show,' Jennings said

Touched: ‘I got to the studio and one of the producers handed me a little box and Alex’s wife, Jean, had given me a pair of his cuff links that he had worn on the show,’ Jennings said 

Jean and Alex had been married for 30 years at the time of his death and the Canadian TV host spent his final days with his beloved wife.

‘You know, at a time that was very hard for her family, dealing with a lot of grief and a lot of challenges, she thought about Jeopardy! and she thought about me, a person she had never even met,’ Ken reflected in the video. ‘And I just thought, ‘What a lovely thing to do. She’s fantastic.’

He added: ‘My Alex Trebek cuff links are the only cuff links I own,’ said Jennings. ‘They’re kind of a good luck charm for me here.’

Jean and Alex had been married for 30 years at the time of his death and the Canadian TV host spent his final days with his beloved wife

Jean and Alex had been married for 30 years at the time of his death and the Canadian TV host spent his final days with his beloved wife

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