Jeopardy! has found its next batch of guest hosts! As Entertainment Tonight shares, on Wednesday the show's executive producer Mike Richards announced more celebs stepping into the role, including the likes of talk show host Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and more.
Jeopardy! fan Rodgers "jumped the gun" on announcement
Jeopardy! is a special show to many people, including Rodgers! As Entertainment Weekly mentions, the NFL player talked about how much its late host Alex Trebek meant to him on Sirius XM's The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday. Rodgers— who was the Celebrity Jeopardy! champion back in 2015— revealed that "one of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek" before he went on to announce himself as a guest host!
"They're doing some guest hosting spots and it's going to be released here pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to do one of those," he said. "I'm excited about that opportunity with Jeopardy!" However, at a Green Bay Packers conference on the same day, Rodgers confessed he'd "jumped the gun" on his announcement! "I just got so excited on the show earlier," he said. "It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting."
Jeopardy producer says guest hosts will "bring their own touch"
Jeopardy! is currently being guest hosted by Ken Jennings, who is considered a Jeopardy! all-star because of his impressive winning streak back in 2004! "Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life," Jennings said in his first episode as interim host. "Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close."
Following Jennings' stint in the role, Rodgers and Couric will be guest hosting the show. Journalist Bill Whitaker and actress Mayim Bialik are also set to take on the gig. And as Entertainment Tonight mentions, a donation will be made to charities chosen by each of these celebrities to coincide with their appearances!
"Alex was a legend, revered by all of us," Jeopardy! producer Richards said in his announcement on Wednesday. "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."