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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