‘Jeopardy!’: Upcoming Guest Host Joe Buck ‘Bounces’ on His Birthday with Reference to Show

by Suzanne Halliburton

Let’s party, Jeopardy! fans. Joe Buck is celebrating his 52nd birthday while teasing his upcoming job as a guest host on the quiz show.

Via Instagram, Joe Buck posted a clip of he and his wife celebrating his birthday. He wrote “52 and feeling bouncy. The rest is all in jeopardy.”

In the video, Michelle Beisner-Buck says “not exactly how you wanted to spend your 52nd birthday.”

Joe Buck quips “52 and in a bouncy castle.” And then Michelle chimes in “in a bouncy house.”

We ask, is bouncing in a bouncy house worthy of a Jeopardy! guest host? (Of course it is)

Who is Joe Buck and Why Is He On Jeopardy!?

Joe Buck, along with partner Troy Aikman, are Fox’s top duo for announcing NFL games. Buck also pulls top honors for the network’s Major League Baseball coverage. He’s the son of the late-great Jack Buck, who was best known as the voice of baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. Wife Michelle, who was in the Instagram video with him, was captain of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders for four years. And she’s worked as a reporter for NFL Network.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! recently expanded its list of guest hosts as the quiz show looks for a permanent replacement for Alex Trebek.

Buck’s Jeopardy! gig is scheduled to air Aug. 9-13. It’s not clear whether he’s already taped his shows. Jeopardy! showrunners typically announce the guest hosts only after they’ve taped. Usually, a great number of shows are filmed all on the same day. Two weeks of show content can take two days to film.

Currently, Jeopardy! is showing the episodes of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. He’s in his second week.

Quiz Show Announced Other Hosts, Including LeVar Burton

Jeopardy! also announced that other guest hosts will be Good Morning America co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, actor LeVar Burton and CNBC host David Faber. Burton is maybe best known for playing Kunta Kinte in the 1970s classic miniseries, Roots, and Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: the Next Generation. But he also hosted Reading Rainbow, the popular children’s educational series on PBS. Jeopardy! fans and those who love Burton launched a successful campaign to get him on the show.

Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer last November, 10 days after he taped his last show on Jeopardy! Since then, producers have rotated guest hosts.

Joe Buck is also the second host from the sports world. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished his two-week run earlier this month. Further, Rodgers has stated wants the full-time gig.

Mike Richards, Jeopardy! producer and one-time guest host, said he may pick a permanent replacement by September, when the new season starts.

“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” Richards said in a statement to the media. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”