“Jeopardy!” guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrapped up his two-week stint behind the lectern on Friday. His charity will receive a sweet donation.
The show revealed on its Twitter account how much Odyssey will receive as a donation. Check out the number in this tweet.
According to Odyssey’s website, “Odyssey is a transformational academic experience designed to prepare, inspire, and support Atlanta public school students from underserved communities with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed from first grade through college and beyond.”
Gupta lives in the Atlanta area and is CNN’s chief medical correspondent. He also is a neurosurgeon and is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta.
“Jeopardy!” continues to have guest hosts throughout the rest of this season. Gupta, though, becomes the final two-week tenured guest host. Coming up on Monday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos takes over for a week.
Fret not, game show fans. “Jeopardy!” fan and actor LeVar Burton, who really wants to become the next full-time host, will get his turn on July 26-30.
Gupta will return to his TV work as well as his educational career, too, as he leaves “Jeopardy!” to the rest of the guest hosts.
Obviously, there have been guest hosts taking their turns since longtime host Alex Trebek died. Trebek died from pancreatic cancer in 2020.
‘Jeopardy!’ Host One Time Talked About Lack Of Turnover On Show
As part of the entertainment business, or any business at all, there’s going to be some turnover. People leave like going in and out of a revolving door.
But that’s not always true. Just look at “Jeopardy!” for example. Trebek talked about it a few years before his death.
“There is no turnover here,” Trebek told Business Insider. “Working for “Jeopardy!” is an annuity. You start, and you go on forever. In the early days, we had some writers and researchers who left after just a few years, but mostly our writing staff has been with us for ages.”
A 2014 New Republic article stated that the staff said Trebek and show producers are good bosses. Since the show has lasted a long time and there’s not much turnover, the average “Jeopardy!” worker is older than you’d find at other game shows.
Before hosting “Jeopardy!” for 37 years, Trebek did host other game shows. Among those were “High Rollers,” “Double Dare,” and “Classic Concentration.” Some of his previous work might show up on Game Show Network if you’re looking around for some programming.
But his tenure on the famed Merv Griffin-created game show will be remembered for a long time to come. Guest hosts have each one taken time to honor Trebek and praise him for his work. Expect that to continue throughout this season.