‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Joe Buck Opens Up About His Favorite Memory of Alex Trebek: ‘Heard He Was a Fan of My Fathers’

by Jacklyn Krol

Jeopardy! guest host Joe Buck revealed his favorite memory of the late Alex Trebek.

In an interview with the official show’s YouTube account, Buck spoke about the legendary host. He called Trebek “meticulously awesome” and shared his admiration for him.

Buck said that he has always been in “awe” of Trebek hosting the show. “I think the ease in which he guided contestants through questions,” he said. “The smile, the warmth, the intellect.”

It seems as though he never met Trebek in person. However, he does have some favorite memories of the icon.

“I heard a while ago that Alex was a fan of my father, which meant a lot,” he said.

Joe Buck is the 51-year-old son of sportscaster Jack Buck. Joe himself became a Fox News sportscaster for both the MLB and NFL.

“My dad’s a hall of farmer for baseball and football,” he continued. “And to hear that, it really gave me a jolt of pride for my dad and for us. But I read his book cover to cover. Getting the chance to know him in his own words. And his philanthropic side which I had no idea that it was so extensive as it is. It really rounded out the person.”

Buck highly recommends the book to any fan. He noted that it makes you appreciate Trebek more and learn what’s important in life.

Buck’s hosting duties will be from August 9 through 13. The charity of his choice has a bigger meaning to him, as he’s worked with them for almost twenty years. in St. Louis, there is a charity called Kids Smart where the donations go to underprivileged kids who need basic school supplies. Jeopardy! matches the winnings to a donation of the guest host’s choosing.

Joe Buck marked the final guest host for the famed television show.

‘Jeopardy!’ Replacement?

Finally, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards has been reported to be in talks of becoming the show’s permanent host. Richards is not only the executive producer for the trivia competition but also Wheel of Fortune. In fact, he was even considered to become the next host of The Price is Right after Bob Barker’s departure. Comedian Drew Carey ultimately landed that gig.

Sources at CNN said that “it is effectively a done deal.” The replacement will allegedly be announced in late August. So who is in charge for making the final decision of who is the permanent host? Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tony Vinciquerra. As Sony’s television sector produces Jeopardy!

Meanwhile, Trebek once said that he believed CNN reporter and senior legal analyst Laura Coates would be a great predecessor. Surprisingly, Coates did not guest host this season despite Trebek’s high praises.