‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host George Stephanopoulos Took Fans Behind the Scenes Show Preparation

by Megan Molseed

Monday marked the first episode of “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos’s guest host run on the hit game show “Jeopardy!”

George Stephanopoulos began his run on July 12. His hosting duties will continue through the week, his final episode airing this Friday.

The television personality discussed his brief gig taking the helm as the answer/question quiz show’s temporary host during a recent “Good Morning America” segment. During the segment, Stephanopoulos dished about a few behind-the-scenes secrets, some surprises, and the show’s original host, Alex Trebek.

“It was such a privilege to step onto that iconic “Jeopardy!” set that Alex Trebek made famous,” Stephanopoulos said. “The “Jeopardy!” team is super kind, hyper-professional, with me every step of the way.”

George Stephanopoulos remembered how impressed he was with the “Jeopardy!” clue writers.

“I went into the writers’ room where they write the clues,” he said. “They put so much work into making sure that each word is precise.”

There is An Art to Reading “Jeopardy!” Clues

The Daytime television broadcaster added that it is important the host read each clue correctly to make sure it is worded just right.

“They say that you really have to read each word as if it’s poetry to make sure that you’re giving a real sense of its meaning,” the host explained.

In a behind-the-scenes clip of the show’s taping, George Stephenoupoulous noted that his guest-hosting job was quite a bit harder than it looks.

“God bless Alex Trebek and everybody that has been a guest host!” the “Good Morning America” host exclaimed from behind his podium.

“The Job? Don’t fumble when reading the clues,” the guest “Jeopardy!” the host said. “Stay focused. Keep things moving.”

Stephanopoulos added the advice that kept him on task during his time filling the “Jeopardy!” hosting shoes. “And remember what Alex always said: it’s about the game,” Stephanopoulos said.

Stephenopoulos Excited For Game Show Episode’s to Air

While Stephenoupoulus hosted a week’s worth of “Jeopardy!” episodes, it was a whirlwind in real-time. All five episodes were recorded in a 24-hour period.

“It was so intense, it was so much fun,” he said. “The crew of “Jeopardy!” are true professionals, they are amazing at what they do.”

Stephanopoulos added that he is excited his episodes are ready to run.

“It feels so long ago that they taped it, but I’m glad it’s coming out this week!” he exclaimed.

One of the most difficult parts of this new experience for Stephanopoulos was the non-stop action that is required to keep the filming of each episode running smoothly.

“They just want you to keep going, going, going,” he said. However, the host noted, as the host, he was given a little bit of grace.

“You ever notice that the host isn’t on camera that much?” Stephanopoulos asked. “When you make a mistake you can redo the clue.”

After Stephanopoulos’s run as “Jeopardy!” guest host, his fellow “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will step in to fill the hosting shoes. Other upcoming guest hosts include Levar Burton and David Faber. “Jeopardy!” producers are expected to announce a permanent host in the coming months.