‘Jeopardy!’: Why Fans Who Don’t Even Know Who Guest Host David Faber Is Are Already Loving Him

by John Jamison

Is David Faber’s contract with CNBC up any time soon? “Jeopardy!” may come knocking following his week-long stint as guest host, based on fans’ reactions.

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that “Jeopardy!” fans aren’t overly familiar with CNBC financial journalist David Faber. He is nowhere near as recognizable to the crowd as someone like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers or legendary contestant Ken Jennings. That being said, many of the fans who failed to recognize him have been blown away by his performance.

It goes to show that a familiar face is no substitute for a strong performance. Even executive producer Mike Richards, who most fans had never heard of before he took a turn as guest host, proved popular because of how he ran the game. Faber’s opening statement likely did a lot to endear him to the “Jeopardy!” fan base.

“I am so excited to be here. As a financial journalist, I live in a world of facts, and what I love is that that’s what Jeopardy! is all about. Having also played as a contestant with Alex [Trebek], I understand just how important it was to him that the players were able to perform at their very best. And I hope and intend to honor that standard as a guest host this week,” Faber said at the start of the episode.

“Jeopardy!” fans on Twitter, who clearly weren’t familiar with the journalist, had plenty of positive things to say about his debut performance on Monday.

“This guy David Faber comes off like he’s been hosting for years. So far, my new fave,” one wrote.

“Wait a minute… Where did David Faber come from? This guy is a natural. It’s either him or Ken Jennings for permanent host,” another Twitter user added.

David Faber Has Inherited 10-Day ‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Matt Amodio

Is another “Jeopardy!” legend being created before our eyes? Matt Amodio, a Ph. D student from Connecticut, is on a hot streak.

The contestant kept his place on the show throughout former guest host LeVar Burton’s entire run. According to the “Jeopardy!” archive, his 10-day cash winnings total $362,400. Not too shabby for a week and a half’s worth of work.

And even though Amodio is cementing himself as one of the best contestants this season, he has come under fire for an unorthodox habit. See, Matt doesn’t worry about the grammar of his responses. Fans of the show know that a contestant has to phrase their response as a question if they want to get credit. Well, Matt is doing that. But he doesn’t really worry about the who, what, or where.

Instead, he simply defaults to “What is… ” for most of his responses, whether it’s a person, place, or thing. It’s bothered some fans, but the show insists that he is well within the rules.