Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘excited’ to serve as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback competed on ”Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, beating out astronaut Mark Kelly and “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary.

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be a guest host on Jeopardy.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be a guest host on Jeopardy.

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NFL starAaron Rodgerswill be calling the shots… but not on the football field.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed Tuesday that he will serve as aguest hoston”Jeopardy!”followingAlex Trebek’s November death at 80 of pancreatic cancer.

“They’re doing some guest hosting spots, and it’s going to be released pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to be one of those,” Rodgers announced onthe”Pat McAfee Show” onSiriusXM. “I’m excited about that opportunity with ‘Jeopardy!’”

Sony, which produces the games show,declined to comment.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback competed on ”Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015. He beat out astronaut Mark Kelly and “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary to earn a $50,000 donation to the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund.

Although “my outfit wasn’t the greatest choice,” said Rodgers, speaking fondly about his time on the show, including his love of the beloved host: “One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek.”

Trebek’sfinal episodeaired Friday, but was taped on Oct. 29, just 10 days before his deathNov. 8.

Following Trebek’s death, Rodgers tweeted that “weeknights will never be the same.” He added, “So many great memories and thankful to have met him.”

On Monday, “Jeopardy!”went on without Trebek as champion. Instead,consulting producerand “Greatest of All Time” winnerKen Jenningsstepped up to the podium as the first in a series of interim hosts. (He taped 30 episodes, so will preside over the show for at leastsix weeks.)

Rodgers was too busy with his day job to tune in afterleading theGreen Bay Packersto the postseason with a 13-3 record.

“I didn’t see Ken [Monday] night, I was watching some film and checked in on the college football championship as well for a little bit,” he said.

Rodgers will be one of many interim hosts before a permanent selection is made.

The Los Angeles Times reportedthat Katie Couric taped at least a week’s worth of episodes, in what appears to be a long-term plan to audition permanent hosts on-air.

Sony again declined comment.

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