In a new episode of “Jeopardy!,” guest-host Bill Whitaker got into an exchange with a contestant about her “million-dollar baby,” Douglas.
“My son Douglas was born almost 12 weeks premature,” the contestant explained. “And [he] spent really the time leading up to his due date at the University of Minnesota hospital, where the nurses and doctors took such great care of him.”
“But he’s fine now?” Whitaker asked.
“He’s fantastic now,” she replied.
“Then it’s well worth it,” Whitaker said.
“Mm-hmm,” she agreed.
‘Jeopardy!’ Is Guest-Host Bill Whitaker’s Favorite Show
“60 Minutes” correspondent Whitaker said he watches “Jeopardy!” every night with his wife. They team up to try to guess the answers. But Whitaker said hosting the show was something entirely different.
“Was I nervous? Yes,” Whitaker said in a “Jeopardy!” interview. “This is a totally different animal. I’ve been doing the journalism thing for more than 30 years and I could almost do it in my sleep… But this is different.”
Whitaker said “Jeopardy!” is fast-paced compared to his day job and very challenging. But as for what he hoped to accomplish by guest-hosting the show, he said he had just one goal.
“I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t walk away from here looking like an idiot,” Whitaker said.
Who Will Replace Alex Trebek?
Legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He reportedly passed away quietly at home with his family by his side.
“Jeopardy!” episodes that Trebek had taped continued to air posthumously for a bit, but then producers had to come up with some guest-hosts. Their first one was “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings. After him, it was “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. Then former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric took over. Following her was “Dr. Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Next was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Then it was CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
After Whitaker, former “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen will guest-host the show. Actress Mayim Bialik will follow him. Then it’s “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie’s turn. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will guest-host after Guthrie.
“Jeopardy!” has also announced some new additions to its guest-hosting lineup: George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber and Joe Buck.
At least two guest-hosts, Rodgers and Bialik, have publicly expressed interest in the permanent hosting gig. But “Jeopardy!” producers appear to be taking their time in choosing Trebek’s replacement. And whoever does take on the role will certainly have some big shoes to fill.