‘Jeopardy!’ Announces Whopping Donation Amount to Be the Match After Robin Roberts Guest Hosting Stint

by Joe Rutland

“Jeopardy!” guest host Robin Roberts wrapped up her one-week stint on the show Friday but wound up with a large donation to her charity.

Each guest host has the opportunity to choose a charity of choice during their time on “Jeopardy!”. At the end of their time, whatever amount was raised would be matched by the show itself.

In a post from its official Twitter account, “Jeopardy!” announced the final total donation to “Be the Match,” Roberts’ charity of choice.

“Be the Match” is an organization that helps people find matches for those in need of blood infusions. The organization’s Twitter account states, “The cure for blood cancers like leukemia or sickle cell is in the hands of ordinary people. You could save a life.” The “Jeopardy!” donation went to help this organization continue its work.

Roberts herself was diagnosed with MDS, a disease of the bone marrow. “Be the Match,” a nonprofit which is run by the National Marrow Donor Program, reportedly experienced a 1,800 percent increase in donors when Roberts went public with her illness.

She received a bone marrow transplant in 2012. By this time, Roberts was already with “Good Morning America” after spending 15 years at ESPN.

Now Roberts goes back to her day job over on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Who’s next up as the guest host? It’s LeVar Time!

‘Jeopardy!’ Gets Ready for LeVar Burton Hosting Show for Week

Actor LeVar Burton, known for his work on “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” gets his turn on “Jeopardy!” starting on Monday.

Burton has been quite outspoken about his desire to host “Jeopardy!” on a full-time basis. No final decision on who takes over permanently in the space once occupied by Alex Trebek has been made.

Yet Burton is receiving a lot of support from fans through letters and petitions.

Burton, in an interview with the “New York Times Magazine”, is asked about how he’ll feel if he isn’t named the new host on “Jeopardy!”.

“It will hurt. I’m not going to lie,” Burton said. “But if that happens, I will get over it. I will be fine. Remember: Everything happens perfectly and for a reason. That is my default. It’s all going to be OK. Because it always is.”

As we noted, Burton starts his week on Monday and he’ll be there through July 30. CNBC journalist David Faber and Fox Sports sportscaster Joe Buck round out this season of guest hosts.

Then executive producer Mike Richards has to sit down and make a really hard decision. Who gets the full-time, permanent host role on “Jeopardy!”? He has not tipped his hand in any direction publicly.

But it’s “Jeopardy!” that will be front and center when it comes to taking over for the late Alex Trebek.