Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will soon be showing he’s both brain and brawn when he acts as a guest host on “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers will take over hosting duties on the long-running game show starting on April 5, according to Newsweek. The 37-year-old quarterback will host the show for a 10-episode stint. By the time Rodgers takes over, he will be the fifth guest host in a line of hosts.
Recently, former contestant Ken Jennings finished his tenure as a guest host on the show. Many consider Jennings to be one of the greatest contestants ever to grace the show. He turned over hosting duties to Mike Richards, who executive produces “Jeopardy!” and also hosts “Pyramid” as well. Before Rodgers takes over, Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz will host the show as well.
Aaron Rodgers is Excited for ‘Jeopardy!’
Rodgers is excited to host the show and was one of many to throw his hat in the ring for hosting duties. The show opted for a series of revolving guest hosts after Alex Trebek passed away. Producers saw the move as both a sign of respect to the long-running host and also a necessity. Any person stepping into Trebek’s role permanently will be heavily scrutinized by the fan base. It’s impossible to replace Trebek, but many are calling for Jennings to become the show’s permanent host.
But Rodgers has his own ties to the show as well and is sure to make an interesting host. Previously, Rodgers competed in a celebrity edition of “Jeopardy!” back in 2015. The athlete actually managed to win the game. In retrospect, he regrets a gray cardigan he wore to seem smart though.
“One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show at SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, “and being able to be on Jeopardy! years ago, even though my outfit wasn’t the greatest choice … they’re doing some guest hosting spots, and it’s going to be released here pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to be one of those.”
It’ll be interesting to see what wardrobe he chooses to wear when he hosts the show. Fans can expect 10 games with Rodgers before other guest hosts like Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker or Mayim Bialik take over. How long until the show finds a permanent host remains to be seen.