‘Jeopardy!’: Guest Host Aaron Rodgers Reveals if He’s Quitting Football to Host Game Show

by Chris Haney

With the help of his fiancée Shailene Woodley, Green Bay Packers quarterback and current Jeopardy! host Aaron Rodgers revealed whether he’d quit football to take over the game show gig full-time.

The couple shared a video where Rodgers answered 10 fans’ questions titled “Day 1 Jeopardy Recap.” Following the quarterback’s first appearance as Jeopardy! host on Monday night, the pair posted the almost nine-minute clip to Rodgers’ Instagram account.

One fan asked a burning question that many NFL and Jeopardy! fans have wondered. As the quiz show continues its search for a permanent host, would Rodgers quit football to host Jeopardy!?

The answer may surprise some for more than one reason. Not only did Rodgers not rule it out, but he revealed how many days the show tapes episodes. Jeopardy! airs 230 episodes per year. However, the game show films five episodes per day, 46 days per year. Since Rodgers only plays in the NFL for six months out of the year, he says he’d probably be able to fit that into his schedule as well.

“No, I’m not going to [quit football]. I just won MVP, I still have a lot left in the tank,” Rodgers explained. “I’m still going to play, and I’d love to host Jeopardy! at the same time.

Jeopardy! films five show a day, 46 days a year. That’s 230 episodes. And I work for six months out of the year. So the other six months, I would have time to probably film 46 days I think. Don’t you, babe?” he asked Woodley.

“Oh yea. Oh yea, for sure. 100 percent,” Woodley agreed.

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Aaron Rodgers Hopes to ‘Mimic’ Alex Trebek

On Monday evening, Rodgers became the fifth interim host of Jeopardy! when he began his two-week appearance on the quiz show. During an interview earlier on Monday, he said his goal during his time on the show is to “mimic” legendary host Alex Trebek. Not a bad idea for any interim of the popular game show.

Rodgers joined The Pat McAfee Show today where the host asked Rodgers about his preparation for the show. He asked the quarterback if he’d watched any of the previous interim hosts during his research for his Jeopardy! appearance.

Rodgers said he hasn’t watched a single episode since Trebek passed away. Additionally, he explained his outlook and approach to taking over as Jeopardy! guest host.

“I haven’t watched an episode since Alex,” Rodgers admitted. “I didn’t really want to be influenced at all by the other guest hosts and how they do things. Kind of want to do things my way. Which my way meant a total respect and almost mimicking the beauty that Alex Trebek brought to the show.”

Instead, Rodgers studied the ins and outs of being on live television. From learning cues to go to or from break, or knowing what cameras to look at, Rodgers took notes on exactly what Trebek did as host.

“Just the flow of a show is something you learn how to do,” Rodgers added. “For me, it was taking a lot of notes, and figuring out exactly what Alex did. And wanting to do him justice, his memory justice, by being as prepared as possible when I got on the show.”