Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to being very nervous before taping his episodes of Jeopardy! But he apparently settled in pretty quickly because he was pulling pranks on the crew almost right away.
The Super Bowl winner told Pat McAfee on a podcast about his two days filming the show. During that time, he met Jeopardy!’s ‘grisly’ stage manager, who Rodgers decided he had to make laugh.
“I noticed after the second game, the stage manager, who is a great dude, but he was a little grisly though. I wanted to see if I could make him laugh,” Rodgers told the former punter turned podcaster.
“I’m gonna put it on here to see if he says anything, so I put the note to not pick my nose or butt. I wanted to see if he would notice or laugh, and he didn’t really say anything until the second day. He didn’t share in a lot of laughs throughout the couple of days, but that was really fun when he asked me what it was all about.”
Rodgers’ run as guest host ended on Friday.
Rodgers also told McAfee said he wanted to make a good impression as guest host, so he called in a ringer for help. The quarterback is used to being interviewed, but hosting a show where he’s on camera for hours at a time is a different ball game altogether. So, he admitted asking his fiancee, actress Shailene Woodley, for tips about being on camera.
“But she gave me some good pointers for being in front of a camera for a few days,” he told McAfee. “I think she would be a really good guest host. I’m glad she’s not in the competition.”
Rodgers Said He Wanted to Honor Alex Trebek
The reigning NFL MVP is a Jeopardy! superfan and he went into the show wanting to honor Alex Trebek. Trebek hosted the show for nearly four decades before his death in October.
He posted an Instagram video on Friday thanking the show’s crew for helping him get through filming. He thanked fans for tuning in and paid his respects to Trebek for inspiring him and millions of others over the years.
“Thank you guys for watching,” Rodgers says in conclusion. “Keep watching the show after I am done. It is the best show on TV. A big thanks to Alex for inspiring all of us and entertaining us for so many years.”