Jeopardy! Confirms Five Guest Hosts to Follow Jennings

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.

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11 Comments on "Jeopardy! Confirms Five Guest Hosts to Follow Jennings"

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

    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 | Reply

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

  3. 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. 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.

  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 | Reply

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

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