’Jeopardy!’: Who’s the Next Guest Host?

by Will Shepard

It’s been over three months since Alex Trebek’s passing. However, there is still a large looming question about what is next for Jeopardy! and in particular, who the next guest host will be.

But, the most pressing question remains: who is the next host for the game show? Ken Jennings, who is the “Greatest of All Time” champion, has been guest hosting for the last six weeks. But, his stint as the quest host is coming to an end.

On Monday, the executive producer of Jeopardy! is taking over as a guest host. Mike Richards will be hosting the show for two weeks. He is the second person to be guest hosting the show. Afterward, there is a list of celebrity guest hosts that will follow in his wake.

Following the guest host appearance from Mike Richards, Katie Couric is taking her shot at the show on March 8. Then, Dr. Mehmet Oz will be hosting on March 22. The star-studded guest hosts don’t end there though. Aaron Rodgers, who won the 2015 edition of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” will be taking the reigns on April 5.

Each of those hosts will have a two-week-long run on the show. They will also all tape ten episodes. But, there are still more host slots to fill in.

So, CNN host Anderson Cooper, “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, and CNN’s medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta are each taking spots. Afterward, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker gets his shot to stand behind the desk. Finally, Mayim Bialik will film her ten episodes.

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Recently, Mike Richards gave an interview with USA Today to talk about all of the guest hosts. He shares his insights on what the show has been like without Alex Trebek at the helm.

He also says that some of the guest hosts will be in consideration to take over permanently behind the desk. But, he says that it is more than likely that they won’t have a permanent replacement until the start of Season 38.

He stresses the importance of maintaining the longevity of the show.

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

He is certainly still reeling from the loss of Alex Trebek. He says that “at every commercial break, as I stepped back, I would think of Alex, who he was, how great he was, and it was easy to get in your head that way.”