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‘Jeopardy!’: How George Stephanopoulos is Using Advice He Learned From Alex Trebek to Guest Host the Game Show

by Leanne Stahulak
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“Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos opened up about his experiences and expectations with guest-hosting “Jeopardy!” in an exclusive interview.

The ABC news anchor is slated to host the popular game show starting tonight, July 12, until Friday, July 16. After that, the “Jeopardy!” host baton will be passed to “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck. Each of the remaining guests will only have one week on stage.

For Stephanopoulos, who was “thrilled” previously to have been a category or clue answer in the past, the opportunity to host is one he couldn’t pass up.

“This is really such an honor to have the chance to come and guest host. Like everyone else, I grew up with ‘Jeopardy!’” he said.

Stephanopoulos has plenty of experience speaking on the air from his time as an ABC news anchor and host for “Good Morning America” and “This Week.” But hosting a live game show where contestants rely on you to keep the game moving and not break up the flow of concentration presents its own difficulties. For advice and wisdom, Stephanopoulos turned to the long-time host that everyone grew up with on their television screens.

“I think it’s the advice that Alex Trebek gave everyone every day when he talked about ‘Jeopardy!’,” Stephanopoulos said. “‘This is about the game. Remember that first and foremost.’ And I think that really does get to the heart of the job of guest hosting. It’s not about you — it’s about the contestants, it’s about the clues, it’s about the action. Remembering that and internalizing that, I think is the best advice.”

A ‘Jeopardy!’ Legacy That’s Hard to Live Up To

For 37 years, Alex Trebek honed his craft and perfected the persona that everyone saw on the “Jeopardy!” stage. Even after receiving his pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in March 2019, Trebek continued to host the game show with class and professionalism. Unfortunately, the 80-year-old died in November 2020 once the cancer progressed to stage four.

As the record-holder for the highest number of game show episodes recorded, Trebek eventually got his routine down to an exact science. He knew just how to engage with the contestants, how to read the clues, and how to promote knowledge and learning in every episode.

In an Insider interview back in 2017, a reporter asked Trebek how much longer he wanted to keep hosting the show.

“Oh, probably another 10 or 15 minutes,” the “Jeopardy!” host said cheekily. “As long as my skills have not diminished to the point where I feel embarrassed because I’m making a lot of mistakes, and as long as the show retains its popularity, and as long as I enjoy the time I spend taping ‘Jeopardy!'”

After his passing, Trebek’s last shows were aired in January 2021.