So far, “Jeopardy!” fans have been introduced to 11 different unique guest hosts on the show. The very first was “Jeopardy!” champion and icon Ken Jennings, who filled in for six weeks instead of two like all the others.
The most recent is Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a CNN Medical Correspondent who will be behind the hosting podium until July 9.
Along the way, “Jeopardy!” has proved that the show can work with a plethora of different kinds of hosts and personalities. This was something that was initially hard to accept. The beloved and longtime host of the show, Alex Trebek, passed away in November.
“Jeopardy!” is looking for a Trebek replacement, but not necessarily replacing Trebek. The new host will have their own unique presence on the show that is separate from the hosting legend.
The Rest of the ‘Jeopardy!” Guest Hosts
With 11 hosts so far, there’s still more to go. Next up is George Stephanopoulos a co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He will be hosting from July 12-16. After Stephanopoulos is Robin Roberts. She also happens to be a co-anchor on “Good Morning America” and will host from July 19-23.
Following the “Good Morning America” crew is LeVar Burton. He is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated guest hosts of the entire lineup. On social media posts, fans have been eagerly asking when LeVar Burton would start hosting and asking for him to be the permanent replacement before even seeing him on the stage. He is known for “Star Trek,” as well as the former host of “Reading Rainbow.” He will host from July 26-30.
“I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do. I have been watching ‘Jeopardy!’ more or less every night of my life since Art Fleming was host. ‘Jeopardy!’ is a cultural touchstone, and for a Black man to occupy that podium is significant,” LeVar Burton said to the New York Times.
Following Burton is David Faber, the co-host of CNBC”s “Squawk on the Street.” He will host from August 2-6. Lastly, closing out the list of guest hosts is Joe Buck. He is an Emmy-winning Fox sportscaster who covers the MLB and NFL. He will host from August 9-13. Buck is the 16th person that will have guest hosted this season.
When Will the Permanent Host be Announced?
The guest-hosting does have to come to an end at some point.
It is expected that the show’s executives will make a decision for the full-time host in late July or early August. Although fans have been incredibly vocal about their favorites and their not-so-favorites, there’s a lot more than popularity that goes into this decision.
“You want to make an informed decision. In the end, we’re a pretty cerebral group, the ‘Jeopardy!’ team. We want to go at this with real analytics and real testing and not just go, ‘Hey, how about this guy?’ which is kind of how a lot of these decisions have been made historically,” Mike Richards said on an episode of the Wall Street Journal podcast.
Hosts like Ken Jennings, Aaron Rodgers, and LeVar Burton have all been incredibly vocal on how much they want that full-time gig. However, only time will tell as summer carries on and fans eagerly await an announcement.