“Jeopardy!” guest host Aaron Rodgers is yet again proving why he should be named the show’s permanent host. During Thursday’s episode, he showed his playful side when he and a contestant had a hilarious back and forth that left viewers in stitches.
Since beginning his stint, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has time and time again showed off his talent for bantering with contestants about various topics. In doing so, it makes us wonder why he doesn’t take his permanent spot behind the podium.
Even before he knew he would be hosting the show, he was preparing. He started watching “Jeopardy!” at a young age with his grandparents. “I would watch the show on mute. That was a good way to practice,” Rodgers told the Ringer of his pre-game “Jeopardy!” preparation.
Once he got the offer, he trained just like he would before a game. Rodgers continued the tradition in “Jeopardy!” history by playfully roasting a contestant after the show’s first commercial break.
Taking a page out of Alex Trebeks’ playbook, Aaron Rodgers hilariously ribbed a contestant named Lindsay after she shared a story about how people always seem to call her a different name.
According to Lindsay, people who misidentify her tend to say Ashley instead. She says that people seem to think she looks like an Ashley. Before he moves on to the next contestant, Rodgers says, “Alright, Ashley,” garnering laughs from her and everyone on the set.
Aaron Rodgers’ Hosting Style Reminiscent of Alex Trebek
Rodgers perfectly channeled Alex Trebek’s comedic timing, which made him a game show host unlike any other. In addition, it proved that Rodgers is a natural for the show. It’s one thing to blurt out questions; it’s an entirely different ball game to have natural, flowing banter with contestants.
As Rodgers’ 10-day run comes to an end on Friday, it has many fans buzzing about whether or not the MVP will return to the stage full time. Next up, “60 Minutes’ “Bill Whitaker, “Big Bang Theory” vet Mayim Bialik, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie, and “Jeopardy!” alum Buzzy Cohen will try their hand at hosting.
“You’ve got to learn the form, Aaron Rodgers said about preparing for the hosting gig. “It’s looking down to read the clue and then looking up to call on a contestant, and also understanding what the answer is in case none of the contestants get it right, and then realizing at that point that you’ve got to work on your posture and where you’re looking and know who you’re talking to when you give that response. There were so many little things that were important for Alex being so smooth that I just wanted to be sure I had down.”
“Jeopardy!” is expected to announce its new official host sometime this spring, ahead of the show’s 38th season premiere in September.