Aaron Rodgers on Night 7 as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host: Chicago contestant stumped by Packers question
And the ever-classy Ron Burgundy came up during the show.
You can’t make this stuff up.
So the guest host of “Jeopardy!” is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and he’s reading this clue from the Title Waves category: “In the 1960s these Midwesterners earned 5 NFL championship trophies.”
The response from the three contestants ... crickets.
“Green Bay Packers?” Rodgers said, making the appropriate face and stretching out his arms in disbelief.
Not Erick Loh, the pastor from California, or returning champ Dennis Chase, the biotech project manager originally from Massachusetts, or Norah Webster, a meeting planner from Chicago, could come up with the answer.
A triple stumper.
(Norah, you were our best hope if for no other reason than your city’s proximity to Green Bay and the possibility that maybe you’re a Bears fan or almost certainly know a few.)
When Loh correctly responded to the next clue from the same category about the Boston Celtics, Rodgers couldn’t resist. “Oh, you knowthat one, huh?” he quipped.
ThatPackers moment was the highlight of Tuesday’s show, which was Rodgers’ seventh as the guest host and his best to date. If he were to landthe permanent gig, is this the entertaining and engaging guy viewerswould get?
He’s proven particularly nimble with pop culture references throughout his hosting stint (see the Larry David impersonation from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on Night 1 and the Turd Ferguson mention from Night 2). This time, it was a dash of the title character from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
Clue: “Despite what Ron Burgundy says, this city is named for a Spanish monk.”
Correct response: “What is San Diego?”
“San Dee-ah-go,” Rodgers said, in his best Burgundy voice and wisely not repeating that whole“Discovered by the Germans in 1904 ...” quote from the movie.
He was quick with the wit again later in the show for a clue about Scott Kelly, retired astronaut and identical twin brother of Mark Kelly. Rodgers made sure not to miss the opportunity to point out that Mark is a current U.S. senator from Arizona and “once a second-place ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ finisher.”
Rodgers, of course, defeated Mark Kelly and Kevin O’Leary when he won “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015.
The contestants’ winnings from Tuesday’s show totaled $24,000, which “Jeopardy!” will match and donate to Rodgers’ selected charity, the North Valley Community Foundation in his hometown of Chico, California.
The topic of Rodgers’ favorite game show also surfaced in a new “Walt Disney World Minute” interview he did with his fiancée, actress Shailene Woodley, from the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during their recent trip to Disney World.
It was Rodgers’ first time back to the Magic Kingdom since riding in a parade to celebrate the Packers’Super Bowl XLV victory.
He and Woodley were each asked how they like to rewind after a long day.
“I like a bath and maybe a good glass of wine,” Woodley said.
“I was going to say cuddle time, but since she went with her own thing, I’m going to say ‘Jeopardy!’ and a glass of scotch,” Rodgers said.
The couple also talked about her 95-pound German shepherd, “a lap dog” not unlikeGoofy, how theyfrequently listen to “The Lion King” soundtrack and which Disney movie they can watch on repeat (“Heavyweights” for Rodgers and “Avatar” for Woodley).
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