‘Jeopardy!’ Celebrates Contestants ‘3rd Win in a Row’ as Bill Whitaker Wraps Up Guest-Hosting Stint

by Josh Lanier

Bill Whitaker’s tenure as Jeopardy! guest host may be up, but when the show returns to its normal broadcasts in two weeks, there will be some familiar faces on stage.

Amanda Ganske, a three-day winner, will return to defend her crown after the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions on May 31. Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist and actress from shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Call me Kat, will take over as guest host, as well.

Bill Whitaker received mostly positive reviews from fans. His calm, stately presence behind the podium reminded many of the show’s late host Alex Trebek.

Whitaker also helped raise nearly $258,000 for Media Fellowship House. The Philadelphia-based charity focuses on social justice, fair housing, diversity advocacy, and fostering understanding amongst different cultures.

Jeopardy! matches the contestants’ total winnings and donates that to the charity of the guest host’s choosing. Whitaker raised the second-most so far. Only Dr. Mehmet Oz has raised more. His contestant’s earned a total of $268,701 for Health Corps.

So far, the hosts have helped raise a total of $1,250,125. You can see the breakdown for each host and the charities they chose here.

Producers focused on Picking Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

The remaining guest hosts are Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, Sanjay Gupta, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck. The show hasn’t announced when it will choose a full-time host to replace Alex Trebek, but Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards said the show is “getting much better” in its search.

He added the show is listening to fans’ input, but there are a lot of factors that fans don’t see that will go into the decision.

“We want to hear from our fans,” Richards told USA Today. “And I’m online every day looking at it and checking it out. But we’ve got to be careful about the 20,000 people or whatever that are screaming the loudest.

“We’re pretty astute in the way that we approach that,” Richards continued. “What we’re going to look for is the best candidate for the show, and we’re not going to limit it to anyone based on anything. That would be the “Jeopardy!” way. “

What to Expect from Tournament of Champions

Former Jeopardy! champion Buzzy Cohen will take over as host for the Tournament of Champions that begins Monday. The event pits 15 of the show’s most successful players from the previous season against one another over the course of two weeks. They’ll compete for a $250,000 prize. You can see the full list of players here.

Cohen has been teasing the upcoming Tournament of Champions — and his excitement at hosting it — on his social media recently.

““If I am smiling crazy big it’s because I am crazy overjoyed to be a guest host of my favorite show of all time!” Buzzy Cohen shared on Instagram earlier this week.

Cohen first appeared on the show in 2016.