Now that “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards is out as host, “Jeopardy!” will be looking for a replacement. Could Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was among the fan favorites as a guest host, become the show’s full-time host?
Rodgers has said that he is interested in the gig, and that he thinks he could juggle the demands of “Jeopardy!” and the NFL. But is that likely?
With the NFL already starting back up, and “Jeopardy!” in the middle of filming new episodes, it seems like a long shot.
Aaron Rodgers Had a Great Time Guest-Hosting ‘Jeopardy!’
Rodgers would have been happy to host “Jeopardy!” permanently if the show’s filming could be scheduled around his football demands.
Speaking to NFL.com’s Adam Schein on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio recently, Rodgers said he would have jumped at the chance to host.
“Yeah, I definitely would’ve,” Rodgers said. “I mean, if they would have figured out a way to make it work with my schedule, yeah, for sure.”
He added that he is “just a super ‘Jeopardy!’ fan” and compared Trebek to the legends of the NFL. He said he had to pinch himself knowing how special it was to be standing in Trebek’s place, however briefly.
“That was so much fun. That was just so much fun,” Rodgers said of guest-hosting. “I spent a lot of time studying and getting ready for it. I definitely wanted it, was interested in finding a way to make it work with my schedule and their schedule and filming. But I had such a blast. I have zero regrets with how it all went. It was such a special environment. It was surreal to be on that stage.”
2021 Might Be Rodgers’ Final Year with Green Bay
Meanwhile, as the “Jeopardy!” drama has played out, Rodgers has been going through a bit of drama himself over whether he’d return to play for Green Bay again this year. Rodgers had pushed team management hard and skipped some team practices. He eventually got a restructured contract that enables him to play for another team in 2022, ESPN reports.
Rodgers has played for Green Bay all of his NFL career. But after the Packers decided to draft his replacement in 2020, Rodgers started thinking that his time with Green Bay might be up.
He said that he approached 2020 as if it might be his last year, and he’s glad that he savored every moment and played as well as he did. And given his restructured contract, for 2021, he’s taking much the same tack.
“I don’t want a farewell tour,” Rodgers said, per ESPN. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season, but I’m going to enjoy it with the right perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of all of it.”