‘Jeopardy!’: Joe Buck Set To Appear As Guest-Host

by Halle Ames
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The hit game show Jeopardy has announced that they will be adding Joe Buck to the growing list of celebrity guest hosts. 

Joe Buck Bio

Joe Buck, the 51-year-old son of famous sportscaster Jack Buck, has been added to the list of notable names to serve as Jeopardy guest host. 

Buck has followed in his father’s footsteps, also becoming a sportscaster with Fox Sports and lead play-by-play announcer for the NFL and MLB. Some of Joe Buck’s highlights include announcing the World Series for Fox from 1996 until now. Additionally, Buck has called some of Fox’s top NFL games since 2002. 

Although Joe Buck’s hosting dates have not been released yet, The New York Post believes he will appear sometime in the mid-summer. 

Joe Buck is one of many stars that are throwing their hat into the ring in hopes of landing a permanent job as Jeopardy host. While the quick filming schedule will not affect his announcing career with the NFL or MLB, a permanent position with the game show may.  

The search continues after Alex Trebek, the beloved host for over 36 years, passed away in November after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. 

Joe Buck will serve as the second host from the sports world, behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed his short stint this week. 

Growing list of Jeopardy Hosts

So far over Jeopardy royalty Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, Today show host Katie Couric, TV personality Dr. Oz, and now Aaron Rodgers have all taken their place behind the podium. 

Now that Rodgers’s reign is over, the star-studded list continues with more talented and notable names. Some hosts that are still waiting for their turn in the Jeopardy spotlight including TV personality Anderson Cooper, Today host Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and now Joe Buck.

Anderson Cooper will begin his hosting tenure on Monday, April 19th. 

Former host and executive producer of Jeopardy, Mike Richards explained how the show wants to hire someone with a lasting effect. Similar to the legacy Alex Trebek laid the foundation for. 

“Let’s make sure we get someone we are going to feel even better about in a decade than we do this year,” said Richards. 

While there is currently no word as to who the front runner is for Jeopardy, Ken Jennings was favored a few weeks ago after only three hosts took their turn behind the podium. Joe Buck is just as qualified as the rest and should give the other celebrities a run for their money.