‘Jeopardy!’ Announces Gigantic Donation to ‘No Kid Hungry’ During George Stephanopoulos’ Run as Guest Host

by Megan Molseed

It was a real win for the Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign as George Stephanopoulos’s run on the hit game show “Jeopardy!” came to an end Friday, July 16.

“We want to make sure that every kid in America doesn’t go to bed hungry and doesn’t wake up hungry,” Stephenoupoulos has said about his charity choice.

Well, the guest host has certainly made quite a stride in that goal. He raised well over $140 thousand for the charity by the end of his week-long “Jeopardy!” hosting gig.

“$147,396 donated to @nokidhungry,” read a Friday evening “Jeopardy!” Tweet marking the end of the host’s run. “Thanks to @GStephanopoulos’s appearance as guest host!”

George Stephanopoulos began his run as host of the popular game show on Monday, July 12. His hosting duties continued through the week. The final Stephenopoulos episode aired Friday, July 16.

“Jeopardy!” Finds A Great Variety In Guest Hosts

The popular game show’s longtime host Alex Trebek passed away after a battle with cancer last fall. Since then, “Jeopardy!” has been hosted by a variety of celebrity guest hosts.

From broadcast journalists such as Savannah Guthrie and Katie Couric to NFL icon Aaron Rodgers, and “Jeopardy!” champions such as Ken Jennings, the hosting podium has seen a variety of guest hosts. Stephanopoulos took over the gig from Dr. Sanjay Gupta who hosted the show from June 28 through July 9.

Prior to his run as guest-host, George Stephenoupoulos discussed how honored he was to be asked to step in to fill the important role as “Jeopardy!” host.

“It was such a privilege to step onto that iconic ‘Jeopardy!’ set that Alex Trebek made famous,” the “Good Morning America” anchor said of his time on set. “The ‘Jeopardy!’ team is super kind, hyper-professional, with me every step of the way.”

The Game-Board Clues are More Than Just Words – They’re Poetry

The television personality also dished to his coworkers regarding some behind-the-scene surprises he found while stepping into the hosting role during a recent “Good Morning America” segment.

“I went into the writers’ room where they write the clues,” Stephanopoulos told his “Good Morning America” Colleagues. “They put so much work into making sure that each word is precise.”

According to Stephanopoulos, the clues are so much more than simple words on a game board.

“They say that you really have to read each word as if it’s poetry to make sure that you’re giving a real sense of its meaning,” the television personality continued.

Stephanopoulos’ fellow “Good Morning America” host, Robin Roberts is slated to step in as the new “Jeopardy!” guest host starting Monday, July 19.

Upcoming guest hosts include LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck.