Don’t expect Aaron Rodgers to be leaving his day job any time soon. The quarterback of the Green Bay Packers will not be the new permanent host of Jeopardy!. The longtime game show announced that it would be moving in a different direction.
Rodgers was just one of several high-profile celebrities to appear on the show as a guest host. After the passing of Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek, the beloved game show turned to a rotating carousel of guest hosts as it searched for the right person to take the reins full-time. Rodgers had made it pretty clear that he wanted the job, but unfortunately, he will not be living out that dream.
That’s right — Jeopardy! is announcing that executive producer Mike Richards will follow in Alex Trebek’s footsteps. In addition to that, actress Mayim Bialik will be hosting the spin-off specials of the popular quiz show. Richards has long been considered a frontrunner to replace Trebek, and he will start Season 38 as the official host. Bialik, known for her role on The Big Bang Theory, will begin in her new role by hosting the Jeopardy! National College Championship on ABC.
It Would Have Been a Dream for Aaron Rodgers to Host ‘Jeopardy!’
The announcement definitely comes as bad news to Aaron Rodgers, however. He had made it public that he wanted to be the man to host Jeopardy! full-time. He even said that he could host Jeopardy! and play quarterback for the Packers and make them both work. He said it would have been a “dream job.”
“When I came on the show in 2015 and got to do Celebrity Jeopardy!, I just saw how special this environment was,” Rodgers said. “I remember thinking, this would be like a dream job.”
According to the NFL star, he says that Jeopardy! has been a part of his life since he was just a little kid. That’s what made it so special for him to be able to take part as a guest host. It would have been even more special if he could have been the one to officially replace Alex Trebek, but alas, that is not going to be the case.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia, I think, wrapped up in this show for me because I used to watch it when I was a kid,” he explained. “The voice of Alex, it was one of those voices of my youth.”
Trebek was something of an idol to Aaron Rodgers. The two were actually able to meet in person when Rodgers appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! back in 2015. That is most certainly a moment he will always cherish — even if he won’t be the show’s full-time host going forward.
“When he came into the room it was like everything kind of got quiet,” he said. “It was like, ‘oh my God, there’s Alex Trebek.”