‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Savannah Guthrie Thanks Show for Raising Huge Amount for Charity As Second Week Kicks Off

by Samantha Whidden
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Kicking off her second week as Jeopardy! guest hosting with some excitement, The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie announced on stage that more than $105,000 has already been raised for The Bowery Mission as part of her hosting stint on the show. 

“Happy Monday. Thank you, Johnny Gilbert” Savannah begins. “Well, based on the performance of the Jeopardy! contestants last week, the show donated more than 105,000 to The Bowery Mission. That money is gonna do so much to help the homeless in my home of New York City. So, thank you, Jeopardy! and thank you, amazing players.”

According to its website, The Bowery Mission serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers. The organization provides services that meet the homeless’ needs and transforms their lives from “poverty and hopelessness to hope.” The organization also took to Twitter to thank Savannah for leading the charge in the donation.

“Friend of the Mission, Savannah Guthrie, kicks off her second week as a guest host on @Jeopardy!” the organization tweets. “So far, contestants have helped raise over $100k for The Bowery Mission. Tune in all this week to watch the totals grow!” 

Who is Guest Hosting on Jeopardy! 

Guest hosts began to take over the Jeopardy! stage after the final episodes featuring long-time host Alex Trebek premiered. The former host was notably on the show for nearly 40 seasons from its revival in 1984 until his death in November 2020. Along with Savannah Guthrie, other guest hosts include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Bill Whitaker, 60 minutes correspondent Katie Couric, and Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik. 

When speaking about her guest host duties on the game show, Savannah Guthrie states in a recent interview that she had to jump at the chance. “Jeopardy! is iconic. It’s this legendary show,” she beams with excitement. “Everyone I know that’s smart and thoughtful and interesting loves Jeopardy! Everyone I work with loves Jeopardy! My family loves Jeopardy! Of everything I’ve ever done in my career, honestly, hosting Jeopardy! is the thing I think people are most excited about, and I am too.”

What Are Fans Saying About Savannah Guthrie’s Jeopardy! Guest Hosting 

Fans of Jeopardy! have also taken to social media to share their thoughts of Savannah Guthrie’s guest hosting persona. One fan tweets, “Best first week ever watching you host Jeopardy! Savannah! Bring on the second week.” Another also writes, “Thank you, Savannah Guthrie, for bringing your awesome energy to this wonderful show! Loved week 1 can’t wait for week 2! Bravo!” 

Following Savannah Guthrie, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will take over guest-hosting duties. Others lined up for guest hosting spot include Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts as well as former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and CNBC’s David Faber. 

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