‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Explains How Show Staff Are ‘Wanting to Uphold’ Alex Trebek’s Legacy

by Thad Mitchell

Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is gone by not forgotten as the show’s producers continue to honor the legacy he left behind.

Trebek presided over “Jeopardy!” matches for the better part of 37 years, becoming a household name in the process. The all-time great game show host brought subtle charm and a strong sense of integrity to the game. He was also very dedicated to the game he loved, recording his final episode just days before his death.

Trebek passed away on November 8 at the age of 80 last year after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Since his passing, Jeopardy! has been using various celebrities to serve as “guest hosts” until a new permanent host is found. Despite his passing, Trebek remains a cornerstone on the intellectual competition game show. “Jeopardy!” producers are doing their very best to keep Trebek’s legacy alive through the game he oversaw for nearly four decades.

Danielle Linn, a historian and auctioneer from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a recent contestant on the show. In a recent interview, she says the “Jeopardy!” staff strives to uphold the legacy that Alex Trebek left behind.

“Alex was the face of ‘Jeopardy!’, and anyone who is a fan of the show misses him terribly,” she says. “But the crew and the behind-the-scenes people are really wanting to uphold Alex’s legacy, and keep the same ‘Jeopardy!’ we all know and love going, and they’re doing such a good job of that.”

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Linn recorded her episodes earlier this year with journalist and television personality Savannah Guthrie as guest host. Guthrie is the ninth celebrity to take on the role of “Jeopardy!” guest host since Trebek’s passing last year. She is also the third female to serve as “Jeopardy!” guest host along with actress Mayim Bialik and fellow journalist Katie Couric. Linn gave Guthrie high marks for her performance during her time on the show. Guthrie is most known for her time as NBC’s “Today” show co-anchor.

“(Savannah) is a wonderful, really personable and a competent host,” she says in the interview. “I know Savannah took her role very seriously in that regard as well, and she tried to keep the spirit of the show.”

Guthrie will continue as the “Jeopardy!” guest host through the remainder of the week. Her final episode will next Friday, June 25, with a new guest host taking the reigns the following Monday. The new host will CNN Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and his first episode will air on June 28.

There are several other big names waiting in line to get their shot at guest hosting “Jeopardy!.”

The list includes sports broadcaster Joe Buck, television personalities Robin Roberts and LeVar Burton and journalist George Stephanopoulos.

“Jeopardy!” plans to continue forward with celebrity guest host for the foreseeable future. They have yet to announce an official timeline for when a new host will be chosen but it is likely to come at some point this year.