‘Jeopardy!’: Which of the Former Guest Hosts Is Least Likely to Replace Alex Trebek?

by Halle Ames

After having three guest hosts, the people have voted, and here is who is most likely not to get the job on Jeopardy!

Yes, we get it. Why focus on the negative? But listen. You have to know who is even in contention for the exclusive position as the Jeopardy! game host. 

While each person obviously is entitled to their own preferences, we’re just here to state the facts. 

So far, we have seen three worthy contenders try their hand at the difficult job that Alex Trebek made look so easy for 36 years. They include Jeopardy! royalty Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, and Today Show host Katie Couric. 

Couric ended her two-week stint as host on Friday. 

The Jeopardy! Leader Board

The harsh Twitter world has spoken, and here is how the hosts rank thus far. 

Leading the pack as the Jeopardy! host frontrunner is Ken Jennings, with 40.19 percent of the vote. Jenning was a contestant on the show that won 74 games and collected more than $2.5 million in prize earrings. 

Up next is executive producer Mike Richards, who was actually a stand-in when Los Angeles had a breakout of Covid. He collects 32.25 percent of the vote. 

As for Katie Couric, she raked in only seven percent of the votes. She is currently least likely to get offered the permanent position. That is, if fan polls have anything to say about it.

As for the other 20.56 percent, they remain undecided.

This is definitely a fair choice considering the star-studded lineup that still has to take their place behind the Jeopardy! podium. 

Starting on Monday (Mar. 22), Dr. Mehmet Oz will assume the title and serve his two weeks as host. 

In addition, after Dr. Oz, the list of “Jeopardy!” hosts continues. It will include NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes’” Bill Whitaker, “Big Bang Theory” actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, neurosurgeon, medical reporter, and writer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and the “Today Show’s” Savannah Guthrie.

Regardless of who gets the job as Jeopardy! host, Mike Richards notes that the show wants to find someone that has a lasting effect, similar to the legacy Alex Trebek left behind. 

“Let’s make sure we get someone we are going to feel even better about in a decade than we do this year,” says Mike Richards, executive producer and one of the previous guest hosts on “Jeopardy!”