Until they fill that role, the executive producers have decided to temporarily fill the position with a series of celebrity hosts.
Fans have seen Ken Jennings in the host chair for the past few weeks now, and “Jeopardy!” producers have previously reported that he will be succeeded by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, news anchor Katie Couric, journalist Bill Whitaker, and actress Mayim Bialik.
But after their run has finished, “Jeopardy!” has a new line-up of interim hosts ready to go.
Many households are already familiar with the journalist, who is the primary anchor on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” and also serves as a correspondent for “60 Minutes” on CBS.
“This is a sad day. #AlexTrebek brought decades of joy and knowledge into millions of people’s lives. He faced this last difficult chapter of his remarkable life with tremendous courage and grace, and he gave strength to so many people facing challenges of their own. I began watching @Jeopardy! in high school and getting to compete on the show several times, and meet Alex, was a dream come true, even when @cheechmarin crushed me. Thank you Alex for the decades of dedication, and I hope your family finds some comfort in knowing how deeply you were loved and admired by all of us.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Mehmet Oz, also known for his show of the same moniker, “The Dr. Oz Show,” seems like a controversial pick.
Although many have argued that his show preaches pseudoscience that is not backed with adequate scientific research, he most recently came under fire last year for suggesting that schools re-open during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the potential risk to students and their families.
In an interview on “Fox News,” he stated, “I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3 percent in terms of total mortality. You know, that’s — any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into a school where they’re safely being educated, being fed, and making the most out of their lives, with the theoretical risk on the backside, it might be a trade-off some folks would consider.”
As a tongue-in-cheek “Vanity Fair” article responded, “Who knew people would get so bent out of shape about that kind of thing?”
Serving as NBC’s “Today” show co-host since 2012, Savannah Guthrie seems like a natural fit for the position.
In addition to serving as the chief legal correspondent for NBC News, Guthrie is also a legal analyst, attorney, and broadcast journalist, who has covered high-profile court cases, such as the Martha Stewart case, and the Michael Jackson trial.
As one observer noted, “Savannah Guthrie is doing very well so far in this format. She’s being direct, persistent, correcting misinformation, and not letting the president avoid answering questions. Future debate moderators should take notes.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dr. Sanjay Gupta seems like another great pick for the role. He has a broad range of experience, from being the associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital, to associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, to CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent.
He also hosted a show on CNN called “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta” where he traveled “around the world to find where people live longer, happier and more functional lives than anywhere else on the planet.”
In an Instagram post, he wrote, “I used to watch @jeopardy with my parents and now with my own kids. The thing is: there is just something so beautiful and reassuring about facts, simple straightforward facts. I cherish that. An honor to be an upcoming guest host, but seriously miss the great Alex Trebek.”
Don’t we all? As Jennings has become fond of saying at the end of each episode, “Thank you, Alex.”