‘Jeopardy!’: Guest-Host Aaron Rodgers Explained What ‘Alex Time’ Is, How He Got Comfortable

by Halle Ames

It’s peanut butter jelly time! Wait, no. It’s ‘Alex Time’ according to Aaron Rodgers, but what does that even mean? 

As a guest host on Jeopardy!, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been the MVP of the hit game show. However, after starting out a little robotic and nervous, Rodgers had settled into the position. 

Aaron Rodgers Gives MVP Performance

In a podcast interview with Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers explains how fast-paced the show is. Additionally, while his episodes run for two weeks on TV, Rodgers had to film all the episodes in just two days. 

The 37-year-old quarterback and host revealed that he got more and more comfortable speaking in front of the camera with every new show. 

“You gotta remember it was two days of filming, just imagine with even more days how comfortable I would feel. As the games went on and the days we went on, and we broke for lunch, I felt way, way, way better.

Aaron Rodgers also touched on what “Alex time” means. 

“We got on ‘Alex time,’ we were on schedule. That was a cool challenge met and achieved. It’s so much fun. Fun to see it play out and to see the parts where they kind of cut it and make a little pick-ups.”

Rodgers is one in a long line of celebrity guest hosts filling in after Alex Trebek died back in November. He hosted Jeopardy! for over 36 years and passed away at the age of 80 from stage four pancreatic cancer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Aaron Rodgers spent hours studying the technique of Trebek. As a long-time fan of the game show, Rodgers wanted to continuously honor Trebek, striving to emulate the beloved host’s humor and class.

“I just wanted to really do right by his memory,” Rodgers said.

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Aaron Rodgers has been on Jeopardy! before, serving as the winning contestant on a 2015 episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!

So far over Jeopardy! royalty Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, Today show host Katie Couric, TV personality Dr. Oz, and now Aaron Rodgers have all taken their place behind the podium. 

After Rodgers’s reign, the star-studded list continues with more talented and notable names. Some hosts that are still waiting for their turn in the Jeopardy! spotlight including TV personality Anderson Cooper, Today host Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.