‘Jeopardy!’: Savannah Guthrie Admits Al Roker Would Make ‘Excellent’ Contestant

by Joe Rutland
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Savannah Guthrie starts her “Jeopardy!” tour as a guest host on Monday. She wouldn’t mind seeing a “Today” co-host on the show.

“I think Al Roker would be an excellent ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant because he’s full of knowledge, he’s calm under pressure, and he knows a lot of useless facts,” Guthrie said in a video from “Jeopardy!”.

Guthrie will be behind the podium for two weeks. Roker is a very familiar face to “Today” viewers as he has been the show’s weatherman since Jan. 26, 1996. Now he did spend time on the show in a fill-in capacity before taking over full time after Willard Scott retired.

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Started Out With NBC News Before ‘Today’ Role

But “Jeopardy!” fans will be tuning in to see how Guthrie does on the game show. She has been a co-anchor on “Today” since July 2012. Before that, though, Guthrie was a legal analyst for NBC News starting in 2007. Guthrie also was a White House correspondent for the network between 2008-11.

When asked about taking her turn on the Merv Griffin-created game show, Guthrie was quite excited about the “Jeopardy!” opportunity.

“‘Jeopardy!’ is iconic,” she said. “It’s this legendary show. Everyone loves it – everyone I know that’s smart and thoughtful, and interesting loves ‘Jeopardy!’.”

She said that everyone she works with and even her family loves the game show.

“Of everything I’ve ever done in my career, honestly, hosting ‘Jeopardy!‘ is the thing I think people are most excited about, and I am too,” Guthrie said.  

Game Show’s Executive Producer Still Faces Key Decision On Full-Time Host

It’s been quite a run of guest hosts on the game show this season. Obviously, executive producer Mike Richards still has to make a decision about a full-time host since Alex Trebek died in November 2020. “Jeopardy!” just wrapped up two weeks of having actress Mayim Bialik hosting the show.

Who’s up after Guthrie? CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on the clock from June 28-July 9. He’ll be followed by two ABC co-hosts of “Good Morning America.” They start one-week guest-host stretches as this season winds down. First up is George Stephanopoulos on July 12-16, followed by Robin Roberts on July 19-23.

Actor LeVar Burton, CNBC’s David Faber, and Fox Sports sportscaster Joe Buck will wrap up the season. No word has been delivered from Richards about what next season holds regarding a permanent host.

But “Jeopardy!” is not going anywhere. It will return with a new season in the fall. By the way, Richards also handles executive producer duties for another Griffin-created game show. You might have heard of it. Show involves a big wheel and contestants spinning it to solve puzzles.

Of course, we’re talking about “Wheel of Fortune” starring Pat Sajak and Vanna White.