‘Jeopardy!’: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Opens Up About the ‘Best Advice’ He Received Ahead of Guest Hosting Gig

by Quentin Blount

Upcoming Jeopardy! guest host, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is sharing the best advice he has gotten since agreeing to take part in the show.

The guest-hosting carousel on Jeopardy! continues starting tomorrow night, when Dr. Gupta will step in and host the show. He, like the rest of the show’s many guest hosts, will serve a two-week stint behind the iconic podium. Gupta will be the show’s latest guest host and will have that honor from Monday, June 28, until Friday, July 9.

You may have seen Gupta on CNN during the day while watching the news. He serves as the Chief Medical Correspondent for the media outlet and he’s also the chief of neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. It’s safe to say that he is a man that needs little introduction.

But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t use a little professional advice before hosting Jeopardy!. The stakes are high — maybe not as high as in surgery — but still high nonetheless. As a result, the renowned neurosurgeon says that he sought out advice from the executive producer of the show prior to recording episodes.

“The best piece of advice I got was from Mike Richards, the executive producer,” Gupta admitted in an exclusive Jeopardy! interview. “We were just talking about the show and he brought up this idea that you do want to think about the players and have this empathy for them. It is such a big moment for them.”

You can watch the entire Jeopardy! interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta down below:

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a Longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ Viewer

When Dr. Sanjay Gupta isn’t too busy performing brain surgery or providing medical reports to CNN, he can usually be found at home watching Jeopardy!. He used to watch the show as a kid with his immigrant parents who did not speak English as their first language. However, they still helped to instill a love for the popular game show early on in him. Nowadays, he shares that same passion with his own kids.

Because of all of that, he knows just how big of a moment it is for contestants who get to compete on the show.

“I knew that, because I am a viewer of the show,” he went on. “But to see the players and how they respond when they get something right, when they get something wrong, when they’re crowned a ‘Jeopardy!’ champion. You see so many emotions going across their face, their whole body language changes.”

That advice he received from executive producer Mike Richards has stuck with him. His goal is to ‘nurture’ the contestants’ emotions that they will be feeling while on stage.

“I think once I felt that I really wanted to nurture that. And I think everything else just sort of followed.”