Trebek passed away of pancreatic cancer last November, surrounded by friends and family in his Burbank, California home. Since then, a slew of guest hosts has popped up to fill in on the show, including “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and fellow “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Roberts’ tenure as guest host starts tonight, Monday, July 19, and lasts until Friday, July 23. Like Stephanopoulos, she will only get one week to guest host, as will the remaining hosts. Previous hosts all had two weeks on the job, but going forward each host will only have one.
Next up on the schedule is “Reading Rainbow” host and “Star Trek” alum LeVar Burton, who will step behind the podium from July 26 to July 30. After him, CNBC’s David Faber takes the reins from August 2 to August 6, followed by Fox’s Joe Buck from August 9 to August 13 to finish off the season. You can see the full schedule and bio about each guest host on the “Jeopardy!” website.
“Jeopardy!” fans hope that the show will have settled on a permanent host by the end of the season and will announce it around mid-August.
Who Should the Next Permanent ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Be?
Fans have been all over the board in their reviews of various guest hosts. A number of polls, including a recent one from TVLine, have asked fans to compare the guest hosts seen so far.
As of today, almost 70% of voters said George Stephanopoulos should NOT be the permanent host. At the top of their rankings was Mayim Bialik with over 25% of the vote, followed closely by Ken Jennings with almost 23% of the vote.
Sporting News released their own “Jeopardy!” guest host ranking last week, with strengths and weaknesses attached to each host. Topping their list was Jennings, who “has a great blend of endearing nerdiness with the right dose of confidence, something Trebek also had.” But they worry about the quiz champion’s “lack of polish,” saying “it’s clear he’s not as refined as the slew of industry veterans who guest-hosted.”
Yahoo! Sports also unveiled their top and bottom guest hosts this past week, though Jennings wasn’t their first choice. Instead, executive producer Mike Richards took the cake, for his “cool and sleek delivery of clues” and “clever banter” with contestants. Sports News also ranked Richards high, in second place, but they said his “limited star power” could be a hindrance.
Both news sites had the same bottom ranking, however. Dr. Mehmet Oz was neither sites’ favorite, due to his poor “delivery and diction” as well as his “lazy, nasally clue reading” that “interrupted the flow of the gameplay.” It’s pretty safe to say that Dr. Oz won’t be taking up the permanent position any time soon.