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'Jeopardy!' Announces New Guest Hosts After Ken Jennings

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By Kristin Myers

Although Alex Trebek recently passed away from his long battle with pancreatic cancer, fans of “Jeopardy!” know that the show must go on.

The show has yet to name a successor worthy of filling the late host's shoes, and has instead decided to fill in the host position with a series of interim hosts.

Yesterday marked the end of the first week of Ken Jennings in the host chair. Although some fans have not been happy with his performance, others felt that his performance proved he should be the next “Jeopardy!” host.

Here's a look at the other celebrities that the show has tapped to temporarily take over the hosting position over the coming months. 

Aaron Rodgers

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Although the Aaron Rodgers pick might confuse some, Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, was actually a winning “Celebrity Jeopardy!” contestant back in 2015.

“The show has been so special to me over the years,” Rodgers shared. “It's been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years — 6 o'clock, watching Alex and trying to get as many questions as I can. When the opportunity came up in 2015, that was a dream come true. It really was. To be on there, to get to meet Alex was just such a special moment. We're all obviously sad about his passing.”

Katie Couric

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Alex has been the host of “Jeopardy!” since 1984, which will make Katie Couric the first woman to ever step into the role of host on the “Jeopardy!” stage.

Couric seems like a natural fit for the position. She co-hosted the “Today” show from 1991 to 2006 and anchored “CBS Evening News” for five years.

Now the 63-year-old runs her own media company that produces educational documentaries and podcasts, in addition to her newsletter, “Wake Up Call.”

Bill Whitaker

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Bill Whitaker, 69, is a journalist, and a correspondent on CBS's “60 Minutes” since 2014. 

In 2017, he was honored with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, which is awarded each year to a journalist or news executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.

His natural ease in front of the camera makes him seem like a good fit for the hosting chair. 

Mayim Bialik

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Best known for her roles on “The Big Bang Theory” and her new Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat,” Mayim Bialik is an interesting choice. The 45-year-old actress is also a neuroscientist, having earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. Her education and charisma might be just what the show needs to appeal to a younger audience. 

In addition, the show will also donate to the guest hosts' charity of choice, matching the total dollar amount won by contestants during their run.

In the meantime, we'll just have to wait and see if any of the above guest hosts are selected to take on the role entirely, or if the role will be granted to someone new. 

One thing is for sure, though. There's no replacing Alex Trebek. 

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