‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Give Their Reviews of George Stephanopoulos Ahead of First Episode

by Leanne Stahulak
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Tonight is “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos‘ first time on the “Jeopardy!” stage as guest host.

Stephanopoulos will be taking over for CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who just finished his two weeks of “Jeopardy!” hosting. From now on, Stephanopoulos and the other guest hosts will only get one week apiece.

“Good Morning America” posted a special segment that gave a behind-the-scenes look at the co-anchor’s experience as a guest host. Stephanopoulos shared the struggles he faced and the best parts about being on stage and in the writer’s room. But viewers also saw a sneak peek of the contestants’ thoughts on Stephanopoulos as the “Jeopardy!” host.

“I think he did really well. Yeah, with pacing,” said contestant Judith Pond.

“Jeopardy!” contestant Tim Moon, who will be on tonight’s July 12 show, said, “All the clues are read really clearly so it’s easy for me to pick them up.”

“He was professional, and he was very courteous and warm,” contestant Tyler Vandenberg said. “I was just like, ‘This is excellent.’ It was a very calming presence in a very nerve-wracking moment for me.”

An unnamed contestant finished off the reviews of Stephanopoulos by saying, “He fits into the role perfectly.”

That’s pretty high praise for a very crucial role to be filled. Ever since the passing of 37-year host Alex Trebek, the game show has struggled to find a permanent replacement for him. Trebek died of stage four pancreatic cancer back in November 2020, surrounded by friends and family in his Burbank, California, home.

Hot Takes On Other ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Hosts

“Jeopardy!” fans have seen a slew of guest hosts stepping in for Trebek in the interim. Everyone from 74-time champion Ken Jennings to NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had their turn on stage. According to several recent polls, Jennings is the current fan favorite for a permanent host.

But we still have five more weeks and five more guest hosts to go, including Stephanopoulos. His week will end this Friday, July 16, and he’ll be followed by fellow “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts from July 19 – July 23. After her, “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton tries his hand at “Jeopardy!” hosting from July 26 – July 30. Then CNBC’s David Faber has his shot from August 2 – August 6, and Fox’s Joe Buck wraps up the season from August 9 –August 13.

LeVar Burton currently has the most hype as an upcoming guest host. Over 250,000 fans signed a petition for him to become a guest host this season, and he gave a shoutout to all of his supporters when he heard that he would be on the show.

“THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time,” Burton tweeted.

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