‘Jeopardy!’: Bill Whitaker Guest Hosting Stint First Footage Released

by Josh Lanier

Jeopardy! is teasing what to expect from its next guest host. The popular game show released a teaser featuring 60 Minutes journalist Bill Whitaker’s turn behind the podium. He’ll take over the show Monday.

“He’s brought you the news. Now, he’s bringing you the clues. Acclaimed journalist Bill Whitaker is our next guest host! @mediafellowshiphouse @60minutes,” the show posted in an Instagram video.

Whitaker will raise money for the Media Fellowship House during his two weeks as guest host. Jeopardy! will match the contestants’ winnings and donate that to the charity.

Whitaker takes over from another journalist. CNN’s Anderson Cooper ended his 10-game run as host on Friday. Cooper split his charitable giving, donating the first week’s winnings of $118,000 for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. He helped raised $138,197 for the African judicial aid charity Justice Defenders in his second week.

Whitaker says in the teaser trailer that the show has donated more than $1 million through the guest hosts.

To see the full list of upcoming guest hosts, visit the Jeopardy! website.

Aaron Rodgers May Be Serious Contender for Host

Since longtime host Alex Trebek died last year of pancreatic cancer, Jeopardy! has used a series of guest hosts to fill in until producers choose a permanent replacement. One of those people being heavily considered, according to reports, is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport reported the show was quite impressed with Rodgers’s performance as guest host in early April.

“One more note on #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: He really impressed the brass during his stint on Jeopardy. The belief is, when they finish auditions, he’ll be among those with a chance to do the job full-time. If this isn’t sorted out, a job hosting is also a possibility,” Rapoport tweeted.

This follows the news that Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants to leave the Green Bay Packers. However, the team doesn’t plan on just letting him walk away.

During his first week of hosting the show, ratings increased by 14%. However, it soon dropped. According to TV News Check, his hosting duties during his second week, ratings dropped. From April 12-16 ratings dropped just 2 percent shy of keeping Jeopardy! in the No. 1 spot for syndicated game shows.

“I would love to be the host of Jeopardy!, yes,” Aaron Rodgers confirmed to The Pat McAfee Show.

In an interview with The Ringer, he said he could juggle both jobs if he wouldn’t have to give up his NFL career to host the show. Jeopardy! shoots 46 days a year while he worked 178 for the Green Bay Packers.

“It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix,” he shared.