“Jeopardy!” is doing its best to live up to the great legacy of late host Alex Trebek. The producers of the iconic American answer-and-question general knowledge game show have lined up an eclectic group of notable guest hosts to take their turns at the lectern over the next few months, with several more to come.
Ken Jennings, who won “The Greatest of All Time” tournament last year to stamp his status as the best all-around “Jeopardy!” player ever, has been first up helping to replace Trebek during the show’s current run of episodes. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, once a winning contestant on the celebrity edition in 2015, also will get his chance to be on the other side and read clues.
Here’s what we know about Rodgers’ scheduled turn as a “Jeopardy!” guest host along with other celebrities who will help fill Trebek’s shoes.
When is Aaron Rodgers hosting ‘Jeopardy!’?
Since Rodgers and Green Bay lost the NFC championship game to eventual Super Bowl 55 winner Tampa Bay, there have been no set dates on when he will be able to tape shows as host. After Jennings’ run is finished, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards — who has reality- and game-show hosting experience from programs such as “Beauty and the Geek” and “Pyramid” — will fill in until the next celebrity is available.
In Rodgers’ previous appearance six years ago, he earned $50,000, which was donated to a cause close to his heart, the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. By agreeing to host “Jeopardy!” — a show of which he’s been a lifelong fan — the cumulative money the contestants win while he’s at the helm will become an even greater charitable donation. That’s the same deal for the other guest hosts.
‘Jeopardy!’ guest host schedule
- Aaron Rodgers
- Katie Couric
- Bill Whitaker
- Mayim Bialik
- Savannah Guthrie
- Anderson Cooper
- Sanjay Gupta
- Mehmet Oz
After Jennings and Richards, Rodgers is one of eight confirmed celebrities who will get the honor of standing where Trebek once did for 37 seasons this year. The others announced in mid January were former TODAY Show co-host Katie Couric, current “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and actress/comedian/neuroscientist Mayim Bialik of “Blossom”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Call Me Kat.”
In early February, current TODAY Show co-host Savannah Guthrie, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Mehmet Oz were added to the roster.
Rodgers appeared in Season 31. Oz preceded him as a celebrity Jeopardy! contestant in Season 28, while Cooper also has game-playing experience from Season 32. They will all join Jennings in a select club of Jeopardy! players turned hosts.
Stay tuned for dates and more details on when Rodgers’ and the rest of the celebrities’ stints will air as new regular “Jeopardy!” episodes in syndication.