‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Savannah Guthrie Says Show Has ‘Some Really Good Candidates but Won’t ‘Name Names’

by Emily Morgan

Savannah Guthrie is gearing up for her gig as guest host on the classic quiz show “Jeopardy!” from June 14 to June 25. 

Recently, the “Today” show co-anchor spoke with People about her experience filming “Jeopardy!” and all of her insight into the show. As the show continues its search to find a permanent replacement, Guthrie discussed why the next host would have “big shoes” to fill

“Alex was not only legendary in how he did it, he was legendary in how he conducted himself off-air and the family that he created. [He was] such a revered figure. So, stepping into Alex’s shoes won’t be easy,” Guthrie said during the interview. She also adds that while she knows the show has its list of front runners, she’s keeping her lips sealed. 

“I think they’ve got some really good candidates. I’m not going to name names,” she added. As for her experience on the “Jeopardy!” stage, Guthrie wanted to make sure she honored Alex Trebek the best way possible. 

News Veteran Savannah Guthrie on Being ‘Nervous’ Before ‘Jeopardy!’

“I was so nervous because I really just wanted to show how much respect I have for “Jeopardy!” and Alex – who is a legend and an icon for a reason,” she said. “He’s the maestro. And I know those Jeopardy! fans are picky, but I have to say, I’m just the fill-in so don’t worry!”

Speaking about how she’s sticking to her “Today” show, she said, “I’m doing a couple of weeks. I loved it. I had so much fun, but I have a day job.”During her two-week guest-hosting gig, the show plans to match the winnings of each contestant to The Bowery Mission, which serves people in New York dealing with homelessness and poverty.

Long before her hosting stint, Guthrie has been a die-hard “Jeopardy!” fan. She covered the show on “Today” for years. Recently, Guthrie interviewed Alex Trebek’s wife, Jean, about the lasting legacy Trebek left in the industry. 

Since January, the show has seen many celebrities and “Jeopardy!” veterans take their spot behind the “Jeopardy!” podium. To kick things off, fans saw the show’s “Greatest of All Time” player Ken Jennings; its executive producer Mike Richards; journalist Katie Couric; Dr. Mehmet Oz; quarterback Aaron Rodgers; anchor Anderson Cooper; “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker; former champ of the show, Buzzy Cohen; and Mayim Bialik from “The Big Bang Theory.” 

After Guthrie, viewers will see CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta; “GMA’s” George Stephanopoulos; fellow “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts; LeVar Burton; David Faber; and Fox sportscaster Joe Buck. Later, the show will name a new, permanent host for the show’s upcoming new season.

In late May, Civic Science conducted a major poll of fans on who should be the permanent host, just before Bialik began her stint. It had Jennings as the favorite at 22 percent, Aaron Rodgers at 16 percent, and Cohen and Richards at four percent.