WATCH: ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Joe Buck Delivers ‘Humbling’ Opening Monologue

by Suzanne Halliburton

Start the count down. Joe Buck is the final guest host of Jeopardy! as the beloved quiz show finishes off season 37.

Buck, the top Fox announcer for football and baseball, started his five-day stint with a few simple thoughts.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be here hosting Jeopardy!,” Buck said. “This is so exciting. It’s a bit nerve-wracking to be on this iconic stage, the same stage Alex Trebek stood on for 37 years. That is humbling to say the least.

“So I also get to share it with Matt Amodio. That’s 13 straight Jeopardy! champion days for you. And over $400,000 in the bank That’s phenomenal.”

Jeopardy! Set to Name Permanent Host

Jeopardy! is expected to name a replacement for Alex Trebek in time for the launch of season 38. The quiz show has used a series of celebrity guest hosts since Trebek died last November.

Buck spent two days in May on the Jeopardy! set at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles. He rehearsed one day, then taped all five episodes the next.

He recently spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his hometown newspaper, about his experience on the game show.

“After a (game), you know if it went well or not,” Buck told the newspaper. But Buck also said he had “no point of reference” as a game-show host. So he’ll be waiting to see the reaction of the Jeopardy! audience to judge how well he did. Buck did love it.

“I kind of skipped out of the building I felt so good,” Buck said. “They threw every curveball they could at me.”

Buck said Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards told him “You were really funny.”

Buck said: “That’s the best compliment I can have because it means I was being myself. I never felt out of place, like I was scrambling.”

The sportscaster is back on his job with Fox Sports. He was in the booth last Thursday to call the NFL Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the NFL’s first exhibition game of the season. His broadcasting partner still is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

Reports Suggest Mike Richards Will Be Named Soon

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! reportedly is zeroing in on Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer. Variety reported last week that a deal is imminent. After that news broke, details of an old lawsuit filed against Richards got new life. Richards used to work with The Price is Right. A model filed suit against him, claiming discrimination. She said she was fired because she was pregnant. A jury initially awarded her $8.5 million in damages. But a judge threw out the verdict. Sides reached a settlement out of court.

The Hollywood Reporter said that Richards sent a memo to Jeopardy! staffers Monday morning.

“It is true that I was asked if I would consider hosting the show.  I was humbled and deeply honored.  No final decisions have been made and discussions with me and other potential hosts are still ongoing,” Richards said.

Richards also wrote that his “comments and actions” were misrepresented in the lawsuit. He said they didn’t “reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price is Right.”

Stay tuned for more Jeopardy! news.