‘Jeopardy!’: David Faber’s Stint Ends, Here’s the Final Guest Host

by Leanne Stahulak

With guest host David Faber finishing up his week at “Jeopardy!”, only one more guest host remains for the 37th season of the popular game show.

Faber, a CNBC finance journalist, finished his last episode on Friday, August 6. He raised $154,000 total for his charity, Robin Hood, which focuses on tackling poverty.

All the guest hosts who have filled in for the late Alex Trebek this year have been able to choose a charity to support. Then, “Jeopardy!” will then match the contestants’ winnings and donate that amount to each charity. Luckily for Faber, high-betting champion Matt Amodio has been on a roll this week, racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in total winnings over 12 games.

According to Newsweek, the “Squawk on the Street” host “would say yes” if he was offered the permanent “Jeopardy!” host position. Ever since Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020, the show has searched for a replacement host.

Sixteen total guest hosts have stepped up to the lectern this year, from “Tournament of Champions” winner Ken Jennings to NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A few of them (like Faber, Rodgers, or LeVar Burton) have said they would gladly accept the permanent role. Unfortunately for them, “Jeopardy!” is reported to be eyeing executive producer Mike Richards for the role. Though nothing has been 100% finalized yet.

Yesterday, Faber took to Twitter to thank the game show and its contestants for a wonderful week of guest hosting. “What an amazing week! My thanks to the incredible team @Jeopardy, all the contestants (with a big shout out to 13 game champion @AmodioMatt) and to the show’s fans for their amazing support all week. It’s an experience I will never forget!”

Who is Joe Buck, the Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host?

Now that Faber is finished, the final “Jeopardy!” guest host will be Fox sportscaster Joe Buck. He’ll run the lectern from August 9 to the season finale on August 13.

Buck is well-known for covering the NFL and MLB, as well as play-by-play announcing the World Series for more than 20 years. He even won Sportscaster of the Year four times. He’ll definitely bring his sportscasting abilities into play on the “Jeopardy!” stage, but he confessed to “Sports Broadcast Journal” that he’s done a bit more to prepare for the role.

“I watched a ton of ‘Jeopardy!’ just to get the mechanics down. I grew up watching it but not with an eye on ever hosting it. I watched it because I enjoyed it!” Buck said. “When I watched it recently, it was to see how they come out of breaks. How do they go to break? What are the mechanics of ‘Final Jeopardy!’? These are things you have to do in a hosting role, whether it’s Fox NFL Sunday or ‘Jeopardy!'”

We’re glad Buck has thought about it seriously, especially since he also told Sports Broadcast Journal that he’s not interested in the full-time position.

For his charity, Buck chose KID smART, an organization focused on nurturing the arts in lower-income schools. “Jeopardy!” will match the total contestant winnings and donate it to the charity at the end of Buck’s one-week tenure.