The lineup of new “Jeopardy!” hosts is so lengthy, it may use a class of its personal now.
Producers of the long-running sport show 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 show famous. Rodgers, 37, introduced his guest host gig Tuesday, calling Trebek one in every of his “idols.”
“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” government producer Mike Richards stated. “I need to thank our guest hosts, who is not going to solely assist all of us rejoice his nice legacy, but additionally carry their very own contact 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 will even function host for 2 weeks of exhibits as soon as the episodes Jennings filmed run out so the guest hosts can “put together for his or her appearances.”
In addition to display screen time on the sport show, guest hosts will even assist increase funds for his or her favourite charities.
“As part of every guest host’s look, a donation can be made to a charity of their selection,” stated a press launch. “The quantity donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete throughout the weeks they function guest host.”
There will even be further guest hosts introduced later within the season, in line with a press launch.
A everlasting alternative has not been formally introduced for Trebek, who hosted the show 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 apologizing for previous “insensitive” tweets, which many consider was a method 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 a possible successor.
Jennings, who hosted an emotional show Monday following Trebek’s final episode, stated he obtained very precious recommendation earlier than Alex handed away.
“I spoke to him on the telephone truly the weekend he handed and he was — he was frail however he was nonetheless very a lot Alex,” Jenningssaid on “Good Morning America.”“I keep in mind him simply being very assured in me to be a guest host if he ever wanted that.”
Trebek additionally reminded him that “the host shouldn’t be the star of ‘Jeopardy!'”