Updated: Jeopardy! Confirms Ten Guest Hosts

This post has been updated. Please see below.

Five more guest hosts have been confirmed by Jeopardy to follow Ken Jennings.

The first: Executive producer Mike Richards, who hosted the games taped this week.

The other four are more famous: journalist and author Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, and actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. Each of these four will host for one week, with the cumulative winnings of the contestants also being donated to a charity of the host’s choice.

Of the four, Couric and Rodgers have been a part of the Jeopardy! family in the past, with Rodgers winning on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2015 and Katie Couric having read a pair of categories in the past. This will be the first appearance on the show for Bialik and Whitaker.

More guest hosts will be announced later in Season 37.

Andy’s Thoughts: I wouldn’t look too much into Mike Richards hosting; this appears to have been a last-minute fill-in; likely due to the increasing COVID restrictions in the Los Angeles area. Richards does have game show hosting experience in the past. I’m looking forward to seeing how all five of these guest hosts do.

Edited to add, February 2, 2021: On February 2, Jeopardy! announced four more hosts: Dr. Mehmet Oz (“The Doctor Oz Show”), Anderson Cooper (“Anderson Cooper 360º”), Savannah Guthrie (NBC “Today”), and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN Chief Medical Correspondent). Editorially, I think that Jeopardy! needs to announce LeVar Burton soon; there will be a fan revolt if LeVar Burton is not allowed to host, especially considering that most fans feel that Dr. Oz is a charlatan, especially if the fan reaction on Twitter to this announcement is read.

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23 Comments on "Updated: Jeopardy! Confirms Ten Guest Hosts"

  1. Brad (not Rutter) | January 13, 2021 at 7:18 pm |

    Hmmm. I would hope they pick the guest host who does the best job, not the most well-known celebrity for supposed ratings purposes.

  2. Thomas Gazdayka | January 13, 2021 at 9:02 pm |

    When is Mr. Newkirk coming back. He’s won 4 games but needs to come back to possible become a 5 time champion.

  3. Tom Galloway | January 14, 2021 at 1:08 am |

    That really doesn’t make any sense. Aaron Rogers isn’t expected to retire soon, so unless they think they can film an entire J! season in his football offseason (when he still needs to keep in shape and do research on other teams and the like), he can’t be the new permanent host.

  4. My take has always been that the next host should be someone with polished TV hosting experience, because it is a developed skill to be an effective TV host that doesn’t take away from the guests. It doesn’t necessarily have to be someone well known, like Katie Couric. Trebek had loads of TV experience before he was elevated to Jeopardy host. Brad Rutter possibly has a bit more TV polish than Ken Jennings, but there is the possibility that Brad just doesn’t want to do it.

  5. Linda lowney | January 14, 2021 at 8:51 pm |

    Ken Jennings is doing a great job filling Very big shoes !

  6. I’m very disappointed they are using C list celebrities like Couric or athletes like Rogers. What about folks who are serious candidates to succeed Alex? Like maybe Buzzy Cohen [who I think told Alex he wanted his job before Alex’s illness was known, and Alex laughed and said he wasn’t going anywhere]? I very well may not watch the week Couric is on……. Using folks like that may be a good way to kill your audience interest and ratings…… Oh, well….

  7. Mayim Bialik is an interesting choice. Besides being a lead actor in two long-running TV series — Blossom and The Big Bang Theory — she has also managed to earn a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Most recently, she has created “Breakdown”, a podcast dedicated to mental health. She reminds me of Danica McKellar from The Wonder Years. She continues to be an actress, but is also an advocate for girls to learn mathematics skills.

    I have no idea if Mayim will thrive during her week of guest-hosting. I presume all 4 guest hosts will work hard to prepare for their hosting. She could well be a pleasant surprise.

    • I had never heard of Mayim Bialik before, but she looks just like my former best friend, so I am interested to see her host.

  8. Ken Jennings is doing an excellent job as a guest host—actually better than I expected. While I imagine there is someone out there who would be a little more comfortable in the hosting role than Jennings, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role permanently.

    And I don’t think the guests hosts are really in consideration for the job. They are simply intelligent people that the producers think viewers would enjoy seeing as a guest host. They want to keep interest in the show for the next few months until another host is named.

  9. Prithvi Sudhakar | January 16, 2021 at 2:11 pm |

    Wow! We have some good selections here! I hope there are many more to come!

  10. I think Ken Jennings is doing a great job too. I think it will be interesting to see how each of the guest hosts handles him/herself, though I will always miss Alex.

    I don’t think Katie Couric should be characterized as a C list celebrity. She’s a professional journalist and has been in the public eye for a long time. I considered her to be my best friend when I was at home with a baby and she was on the morning news show every day!

    I just don’t want Jeopardy itself to change. It’s one of the only shows left in which people are not expected to be snarky or flashy. I love it just the way it is.

  11. I think Ken Jennings did a great job the first week. He says some funny things, and of course it would take him a little time to be completely comfortable.

  12. I feel like I need to make this abundantly clear:

    If you feel the need to criticize someone for denouncing fascists and fascism, you will find yourself unable to comment here on The Jeopardy! Fan.

  13. Some intriguing guest hosts, and maybe a surprise or two. It will be very interesting to compare and contrast how they do.

    I do think Ken Jennings is doing a VERY credible job as guest host — good pace, keeps the focus on the game and contestants, makes lighthearted comments at times without bringing attention to himself. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I think he has carried on the Jeopardy tradition very well so far.

  14. Ken Jennings has been surprisingly outstanding. He’s cordial with the guests and has a bit of a sense of humor. I would hope for continuity sake they would stick with one host.

  15. How about Lester Holt.. Amazing voice

  16. Ken Jennings is surprisingly ok. Not amazing, but not bad. He could grow into it. Aaron Rodgers is a stunt-host, obviously he will not be giving up his day job but he is very intelligent, was great as a contestant, and will be fun to watch. I wonder, did he already tape?? If so when the heck did he find the time? I was actually hoping that Mike Richards would take over. He has a nice voice and personality. He’s pleasant and smart. I watched every episode of Divided that he hosted and he did a great job, really personable. I am meh about the other guest hosts. As Mare above me said, Lester Holt would be AMAZING as host. He is the whole package.

  17. I just read the update. I honestly think having Dr. Oz host is a mistake. I get it, they wanted a recognized name on board. But why they would consider having him on, even for a week or a few, is beyond me. Ken would be doing Alex proud, but him hosting full-time would make almost all the greats ineligible for any future tournaments.

    LeVar Burton is much better: he’s a recognized, respected name, is known for his demeanor, and he’s diverse, which I consider a bonus. He has a relatively clean slate, too. He’s almost 64, yes, but I’d imagine he’d want to go on for 20 years, at least.

  18. Frank Smith | February 2, 2021 at 8:47 pm |

    I’ve been watching CNN a lot lately, mostly for Biden and Coronavirus updates, so I’m excited to see Cooper and Gupta as hosts.

  19. PriceRight89 | February 2, 2021 at 9:57 pm |

    I don’t see anything wrong with giving Ken Jennings a few more weeks, especially after the most recent wave of guest hosts.

  20. Matthew Yothers | February 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm |

    I want either Ken Jennings or Mike Richards to be the official host of Jeopardy! But if I have to choose one of those two, I going for Ken.

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