Mayim Bialik, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker among ‘Jeopardy!’ guest-host lineup
The three are in addition to the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who announced on Tuesday his plans to guest host.
“Jeopardy!” revealeda new lineup of guest hosts to fill the void left by longtime hostAlex Trebek, who died in November.
In addition to theGreen Bay Packers quarterbackAaron Rodgers, who announced his plans to host on Tuesday, actress Mayim Bialik, journalist Katie Couric and “60 Minutes” correspondentBill Whitaker also have been tapped,the syndicated quiz show announced Wednesday, without disclosing the length of their stints.
Couric, whose role was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, will be the first female to host the series.Other guest hosts will be named at a later date.
The show will make a financial contribution to the designated charity of each host’s choosing, according to the announcement.”The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host.”
Ken Jennings, whoclenched the title of “Jeopardy!” GOAT last January, has taped 30 episodes, and is serving the first, six-week role asguest host, which started Monday.
But it’s a gig he carries out with a heavy heart.
”I don’t want to have it because it means we don’t get Alex,” Jennings saidin a recent interview with USA TODAY. “It’s just sad for me to go out there, in a way, because I know that,like the audience, I wish it was Alex walking out at the top of the show.”
Trebek’sfinal episodeaired Friday, but was taped on Oct. 29, just 10 days before hisdeathNov. 8 at 80, of pancreatic cancer.
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