Journalist Bill Whitaker is next up on the Jeopardy! guest host schedule and he will be making his game show debut today.
Whitaker will take the Jeopardy! host’s podium for the first time this evening and will remain in the position for the next two weeks. His first episode will air at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Viewers can find their local TV stations and channels by visiting Jeopardy! website. Viewers can also watch the show via live stream on services like Fubo TV.
Most known for his work as a correspondent on “60 Minutes,” Whitaker says he is very excited to get started on Jeopardy!. He says that he and his wife rarely miss an opportunity to watch the show most nights when he returns home from work. He is the latest celebrity to fill the hosting role after the passing of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek late last year. He joins a list of celebrity guest hosts that includes the likes of former contestant Ken Jennings, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and fellow journalist Anderson Cooper.
In a recent interview, Whitaker says it surprises him of the amount of attention the open Jeopardy! position is getting.
“I have been really blown away by the coverage this all gets,” he says. “I truly did think, silly me, that I was going to be a Jeopardy! guest host and carry on with my life as usual. But these hosts: They’re gossiped about, they’re tweeted about, they’re in People magazine, the Hollywood Reporter. I’m going, ‘Oh my God, I had no idea that this was going to be this wild and crazy.’”
‘Jeopardy!’ Rolls Along With Celebrity Guest Hosts
Whitaker will be the seventh celebrity guest host for Jeopardy! when he steps up to the lectern tonight. Cooper, who wrapped his stint as the quiz show’s host last Friday, drew positive reviews for his performance on the show.
Of the six Jeopardy! guest hosts that have already had their tenure behind the podium, former contestant Ken Jennings pulls in the best ratings. The former winner of the show’s Tournament of Champions scored a six in the Nielsen Ratings. Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards also did quite well, garnering a 5.9 on the Neisen Ratings. Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers also did well, bringing in a 5.6 on the rating scale. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show” has the lowest score to this point at a 5.1 Nielsen score.
Upon completing his Jeopardy! tenure in two weeks, Whitaker will hand off to former contestant Buzzy Cohen. Buzzy will handle hosting duties for the upcoming Tournament of Champions.