‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Dr. Sanjay Gupta ‘Made a List’ of Phrases to Tell Contestants They Are Correct

by Halle Ames

“Jeopardy!” guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta made a list of phrases to tell contestants that they got the answer correct.

Because “correct!” and “you got it!” just don’t seem sufficient enough.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote an article for CNN, explaining how he was given the incredible opportunity to guest host “Jeopardy!”. He notes that on a seemingly depressing pandemic day, he received a call from “Jeopardy!” executive Barry Nugent that turned things around. In an everyday tone, Dr. Sanjay Gupta was asked if he would like to not only appear, but host one of the biggest game shows on television.

Is there any other answer to that question besides ABSOLUTELY!?

However, while it may be easy to watch at home and nit-pick constantly repeated words, when you are behind the podium, you basically blackout. Upon rewatching the tape, you begin to realize your trend.

To avoid this, Dr. Sanjay Gupta made a list of phrases to use when contestants were correct with their answer.

“I also realized I was going to need to come up with several quick options to tell a contestant they gave the correct response. I even made a list of words that I carried around on set: Yes, Good, You got it, That is correct, That’s the one, Well done, That’s right, Correct, Spot on, You betcha, That’s it, Exactly, Absolutely, Right on, Yeah baby, Bingo, Bazinga, Roger and Preach!”

As you read through the encouraging list, it is as if you can hear Alex Trebek say these very words. He was a truly iconic television host and person.

However, Dr. Sanjay Gupta notes that he didn’t use all of these…odd quotes (Bazinga? Are we sure?). The guest host said he still had a good time on stage.

“OK, I didn’t use all of them, but when you watch these next two weeks, you will see that I did have some fun.”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dishes On ‘Jeopardy!’ ‘Swear’ Words

Furthermore, the chief medical correspondent for CNN shares some other “Jeopardy!” lingo that the average Joe (that is me, you can call me Joe) may not have known.

Even though the game is generated like questions and answers, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reveals that you cannot refer to them as such.

“Instead of questions and answers, it is clues and responses. You should never ask a contestant for their answer because their response is, in fact, a question. Confusing? A little bit.”

And apparently, it’s no joking matter. Former host and “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards has a ‘swear jar’ for the terrible word.

“Every time I asked a contestant for their “answer.” Right away, in my earpiece, I would hear his calm, patient voice. “Response.” A few seconds later, he would say, “You owe me a beer.”

That sounds like a quick way to get drunk if you ask me.

You can count how many beers Dr. Sanjay Gupta owes Mike Richards for another week and a half on “Jeopardy!” He will finish up his reign on July 9.