‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Speaks Out About Savannah Guthrie’s Performance as Guest Host

by Josh Lanier
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A Jeopardy! contestant who will appear on Monday’s show had nothing but positive things to say about guest host Savannah Guthrie.

Jessica Newman, a Kentucky attorney, said the TODAY show co-host was “very nice, very professional,” she told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

‘“She was great,” Newman said. “She seemed very comfortable doing it.”

Guthrie begins her second week as Jeopardy! guest host on Monday. So far, fans have given her good reviews.

Newman reiterated what a lot of fans have already said. Guthrie seems very natural and collected as Jeopardy!’s host. But don’t expect to see her at that podium permanently. Producers said they’re using these guest-hosting stints as auditions to choose a permanent replacement for Alex Trebek who died late last year. But Guthrie doesn’t want it, she said. She’s sticking with the TODAY show.

“I’m doing a couple of weeks. I loved it. I had so much fun, but I have a day job,” Guthrie explained to PEOPLE (The TV SHOW!).

Guthrie said she is a fan of the show and wanted to uphold the level of quality Trebek set during his 37 years as host. Newman said it was clear everyone behind the scenes also felt that way.

“(Trebek’s) memory kind of loomed large,” Newman said. “They really wanted to maintain the standards of the show.”

Guthrie’s time on Jeopardy! ends on Friday. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will follow her from June 28 until July 9. And George Stephanopolous will host from July 12-16. You can see a full list of upcoming hosts here.

Sony is expected to name Trebek’s successor this summer.

Ken Jennings: ‘Fingers Crossed’ I Get ‘Jeopardy!’ Job

Ken Jennings, the Greatest Jeopardy contestant of all time, was the first person to fill in for Alex Trebek shortly after his death in November. And he has served the longest as host, filling in for six weeks while everyone else is filling in for only one or two weeks.

He told Chicago’s WGN Radio “he has his fingers crossed” he’ll be tapped for the job, but he isn’t sure what to expect.

“I have no idea,” Jennings said. “Someone needs to decide this summer because I’ve heard they want to have a new permanent host lined up for next year, and of course, they start shooting those shows during the summer.”

Producers have been vague about exactly what they’re looking for in a host, but Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards said the decision is too important to rush.

“You want to make an informed decision. We want to go at this with real analytics and real testing and not just go, ‘Hey, how about this guy?’ which is kind of how a lot of these decisions have been made historically,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Podcast, “The Journal.”

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