“Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie will be guest-hosting “Jeopardy!” from June 14 to June 25, the show has announced.
Guthrie is the latest guest host to stand behind the podium on “Jeopardy!” as producers search for a permanent replacement for legendary host Alex Trebek. Trebek died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. He had been hosting “Jeopardy!” since 1984.
In a statement, “Jeopardy!” set out the air dates for all the remaining guest hosts that have been announced except for CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
‘Jeopardy!’ Is Searching For a Permanent Host
Previous guest hosts have ranged from “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings and “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards to media personality Katie Couric, “Dr. Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is on deck. Following him are “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, actress Mayim Bialik and Guthrie. Gupta’s episodes should air sometime after June 25.
Moreover, the trivia show just revealed that Fox sportscaster Joe Buck will also get a shot at guest-hosting. The Hall of Famer has announced the World Series since 1996, according to Deadline, and his episodes are likely to air sometime mid-summer.
Some of the guest hosts, such as Rodgers and Bialik, have publicly thrown their hats into the ring for the permanent hosting gig. Others, such as Cooper, appear to be quite happy with their very lucrative day jobs.
Guthrie Recently Reunited With Mom and Sister
The “Today” show co-anchor spent 16 months separated from her mother, Nancy, and sister, Annie, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But last month, with her mother finally fully vaccinated, Guthrie was able to see and hug them once again.
“I’ve gotta say, this is about the happiest I’ve seen you in about a year,” her co-host Hoda Kotb told Guthrie.
“You know what? I needed to hug my mom,” Guthrie explained. “I’m really grateful for the chance.”
Guthrie grew extra close to her sister after the surprise death of their father Charles. It happened shortly before the girls started college. And after it did, the sisters developed a pact. They would both live at home, and on weekends, one of them always made sure to stay with their mother so she wouldn’t be alone.
“Our whole family just hung on to each other for dear life because it was such a shock,” Guthrie said. “We were just trying to figure out how to become a family of four, when we had always been a family of five.”
The “Jeopardy!” guest-hosting stint gives Guthrie an opportunity to entertain her family and to make them proud of her. And now, armed with hugs from her mom, she’ll probably be up to the task.