The lineup of new “Jeopardy!” hosts is so lengthy, it might use a class of its personal now.
Producers of the long-running sport present introduced Wednesday that Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik will function guest hosts this season, changing Alex Trebek, who died in November at age 80 of pancreatic cancer.
Couric, 64, would be the first feminine to ever grace the lectern as host, the trivia present famous. Rodgers, 37, introduced his guest host gig Tuesday, calling Trebek one in all his “idols.”
“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” govt producer Mike Richards mentioned. “I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show.”
Ken Jennings, who holds the report for the longest “Jeopardy!” profitable streak, served as the primary host since Trebek’s death. Trebek’s final episode was filmed 10 days earlier than he died and aired Friday, Jan. 8.
Richards himself may also function host for 2 weeks of exhibits as soon as the episodes Jennings filmed run out so the guest hosts can “prepare for their appearances.”
In addition to display screen time on the sport present, guest hosts may also assist fundraise for his or her favourite charities.
“As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice,” mentioned a press launch. “The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host.”
There may also be further guest hosts introduced later within the season, in line with a press launch.
A everlasting substitute has not been formally introduced for Trebek, who hosted the present for greater than 8,200 episodes since 1984. However, Jennings has been rumored to be the frontrunner, amongst a number of different candidates together with George Stephanopoulos. Jennings, 46, even went so far as to apologize for previous “insensitive” tweets, which many consider was a technique to clear his identify. Trebek even reportedly made a number of ideas of his personal behind-the-scenes, although he was largely reticent about namedropping potential successor.
Jennings, who hosted an emotional present Monday following Trebek’s final episode, mentioned he acquired very worthwhile recommendation earlier than Alex handed away.
“I spoke to him on the phone actually the weekend he passed and he was — he was frail but he was still very much Alex,” Jennings said on “Good Morning America.” “I remember him just being very confident in me to be a guest host if he ever needed that.”
Trebek additionally reminded him that “the host is not the star of ‘Jeopardy! ’”