‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Savannah Guthrie Says Show Has ‘Extra Level of Stress’ Because It’s ‘Extremely Precise’

by Megan Molseed

“Today” host Savannah Guthrie’s run as Jeopardy host is ready to begin! Guthrie’s turn hosting the popular answer/question quiz show starts Monday, June 14. During the episode, Guthrie will take the reigns as the show’s special guest host. Her time behind the podium will continue for several episodes, ending June 25.

During an exclusive interview discussing her upcoming June14-June 25 hosting gig, Savannah Guthrie admitted that while excited to fill the hosting shoes, there is an extra level of stress as she steps up to the plate. 

“Jeopardy is extremely precise a game is going on and it has to be done with integrity,” longtime “Today” host Savannah Guthrie said in the interview. “You can’t mess up for me that added an extra level of stress.”

Savannah Guthrie No Stranger To Daytime Hosting

Savannah Guthrie started her time on the popular NBC morning news show “Today” a decade ago. Guthrie joined the morning news team after she spent many episodes stepping in for hosts Meredith Viera and Ann Curry.  

In May 2011, it was announced that Savannah Guthrie would become co-host during the show’s 9 a.m. hour. Guthrie’s addition to the morning news show followed the announcement that Meredith Viera would be departing the morning show.  

In the interview, Guthrie does note that she is no stranger to hosting daytime television. However, said Guthrie, this “Jeopardy” gig will be a whole new ball game for her. 

“I’ve been at the “Today” show now for almost 10 years, so I know the rhythms very well,” Savannah Guthrie said in the interview. “This is a brand-new place. A brand new type of show.” 

Hosting Morning News is Similar Skillset but Different Platform

Guthrie did note that her hosting background will help her as she steps up to the podium Monday afternoon. However, the experience is still an entirely new one to the daytime television host. 

“Yes, there are similarities in skillset,” she said. “But (it’s) new, and different, and challenging.”

“Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek’s untimely death from stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2020, left the long-running quiz show with some very big shoes to fill behind Trebek’s podium. Producers of the show announced a series of guest hosts would be stepping up to host the popular show during the summer 2021 season while they search for a replacement for the legendary host. Trebek has been hosting “Jeopardy” since its premiere in 1984. 

Guthrie follows guest hosts such as the ultimate “Jeopardy” champ Ken Jennings, former Today anchor Katie Couric, famous quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, former “Jeopardy” Tournament of Champions player, Buzzy Cohen, and, most recently, The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik.