‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Dr. Oz Looks Back on Alex Trebek Surprising Him on 1000th Episode of His Show

by Chris Haney

Dr. Mehmet Oz has been the interim host on Jeopardy! for the last two weeks in place of the late iconic Alex Trebek. Today is his last appearance as guest host, and Dr. Oz shared a touching clip of Trebek surprising him on his own show almost six years ago.

The flashback clip shows the host of his own show OZ playing a celebrity guessing game. The daytime show would welcome a “Mystery Assistant” to OZ while Dr. Oz tried to guess who they were. The show just so happened to be the 1,000th episode of OZ. To make the guessing game even tougher, the show disguised Trebek’s famous voice.

After reading various questions that Trebek then answered, he narrowed the possibilities down to a few celebrities. However, Dr. Oz gave up after being stumped by Trebek’s answers. The host welcomed Trebek to sit down as they continued on with the show.

It turns out, Trebek and Jeopardy! were close to their own huge milestone. Trebek said that in one more month, Jeopardy! would be celebrating their 7,000th episode of the game show. Dr. Oz and his crew had just a few more episodes to go to catch up to Trebek.

With Dr. Oz’s time on Jeopardy! coming to a close on Friday, the next interim host will take over on Monday. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take the reins for his two-week appearance as guest host.

‘Jeopardy!’ Interim Hosts Are All Raising Money For Charity

Each of Jeopardy!‘s recent guest hosts have helped raise funds that are being donated to one of their favorite charities. Currently, Dr. Mehmet Oz is filling in for longtime host Alex Trebek after he passed away in November. Ever since, the popular game show has relied on a rotating cast of celebrities as hosts.

Dr. Oz will be donating money to Healthcorps, Inc. following the end of his guest host tenure on Friday. Jeopardy! is matching contestant winnings during Dr. Oz’s two-week appearance as host. Likewise, the game show is doing the same for all of its interim hosts. The show is donating a total of $236,100 to Healthcorps, Inc., which will help support over 16,864 students, according to their website.

Previous host Katie Couric chose Stand Up To Cancer as her charity fund. Jeopardy’s Twitter page announced that more than $230,000 has been donated to SU2C because of Couric’s two-week appearance.

Next up is Aaron Rodgers, who chose to donate proceeds from his two-week Jeopardy! appearance to the North Valley Community Foundation. Rodgers was born and raised in Chico, California, which is where NVCF is located. So it’s good to see the quarterback give back to his community. The foundation receives donations that are then redistributed as grants to local businesses and individuals in need.

In addition, the Super Bowl champion worked with the foundation over the last year to establish the Aaron Rodgers Small-Business COVID-19 Fund. The collaboration benefits locally owned and operated retail and restaurant businesses in Butte County.