Join the club, David Faber. The CNBC finance journalist discovered that hosting “Jeopardy!” is a bit harder than it looks. He joins the majority of the other guest hosts, who have echoed that exact sentiment over the past few months. It puts into perspective how great Alex Trebek truly was as the iconic host of the long-running game show.
It’s not like these people have never worked in television before, either. David Faber specifically has been in the business for nearly 30 years. Granted, that time has been spent as a financial journalist. He has experience as a host on programs such as “Squawk on the Street” and “Business Nation.” Apparently, none of that experience could fully prepare him for running a game of “Jeopardy!”
“Well, it’s challenging. I didn’t realize quite how challenging. I watched an awful lot of Alex Trebek and I sort of started to understand it. When you think about it as ‘Oh my God. I’m going to stand up there and do that?’ And then when you actually come and try, it’s not easy. But that’s fun, right? That’s part of life. If you get an opportunity like that, you gotta take it. And I was so happy to be given the chance,” Faber said during his exclusive “Jeopardy!” guest hosting interview.
It seems like Faber has the right idea in his approach, at least. The producers of “Jeopardy!” understand that these guest hosts aren’t all going to be Alex Trebek. Simply accepting the offer is half the battle. Not everyone is going to rise to the challenge. But giving it a shot is the only way to find out. And that goes for both the guest host and the show itself as it searches for a new permanent replacement for Alex Trebek.
Where Does “Jeopardy!” Stand in the Hunt for a Permanent Host?
There has been painfully little in terms of updates, as far as the “Jeopardy!” permanent host search goes. That being said, we do know a bit about what both the audience and the producers are thinking.
On the viewers’ side, it has become clear that, in terms of ratings, “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings holds the lead among guest hosts. He also had the longest run of any of his peers, with his stint lasting a full six weeks. That could potentially be skewing the numbers.
Hot on his heels is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Fans seemed to love him, and he has been vocal about wanting to land the job. LeVar Burton, who just finished up his week-long run, is also a fan favorite. Then, there’s Mayim Bialik and even executive producer Mike Richards, who fans loved in the role, even though he is partly responsible for deciding who the next host will be.
“Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy, and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes,” Richards told TV Line recently.