‘Jeopardy!’: Here’s Who Dr. Sanjay Gupta Says Was Most Excited to See Him Guest Host the Game Show

by Joe Rutland

With CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta taking his turn as a “Jeopardy!” guest host, one family member was geeked about his appearance.

“My 15-year-old was the most excited,” Gupta says in an interview with “Jeopardy!” for its YouTube channel. “She is a really, really regular viewer and she also, you know, takes great pride in getting responses right that I don’t get. She loves that.

“I think there’s that dynamic that ‘My parents are always going to be smarter than me, their son,'” Gupta says. “‘I was always going to be smarter and know more than the kids.'”

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Sees Show as ‘Great Equalizer’ With His Child

But Gupta, who is chief medical correspondent for CNN, calls “Jeopardy!” a kind of “great equalizer.”

“They have all these different categories and all of a sudden,” he says, “my 15-year-old is totally dissing on me. So I get to be the host and she wanted to be here. She couldn’t but she was terribly excited.”

Gupta’s two-week run starts on Monday and will end on July 9. He is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University. Additionally, Gupta is an associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

“Jeopardy!” is still going to be looking for a full-time host as this season winds down. A plethora of guest hosts have been behind the podium for two-week stretches. Soon, the rest of this season’s guest hosts will just get one week to host the popular game show.

Show’s Executive Producer Still Weighing Options on Next Full-Time Host

Mike Richards, who is executive producer for “Jeopardy!” as well as “Wheel of Fortune,” continues looking for the next full-time host. No word about a final decision from Richards has been made as of late June 2021.

After Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer in 2020, Richards and the “Jeopardy!” family, as well as its millions of fans, only knew that the show would go forward. Many fans have written letters of support for either former Tournament of Champions winner Ken Jennings or future guest host LeVar Burton to get that coveted role.

Time will tell, though, which direction Richards chooses to go.

Trebek, though, and his work on “Jeopardy!” have not been forgotten. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Game Show Host.”

Matt and Emily Trebek, his children, accepted the honor in their father’s memory.

“For as long as we can remember,” Matt Trebek says, “he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy!’ To work on a show that was based on knowledge, risk, and the challenge people had to think. He loved every bit of it.”

Even during his illness, Emily Trebek says her father enjoyed his job.

“Over the past 37 years, the show became his second family,” Emily Trebek says. “He was always excited to go to work even during his battle with cancer.”