On Monday, NFL quarterback and lifelong “Jeopardy!” fan Aaron Rodgers will begin his stint as the game show’s celebrity host. After cycling through other guest hosts like Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, and Dr. Oz, Rodgers will also step behind the coveted podium from Monday, Apr. 5 until Friday, Apr. 16.
According to ESPN correspondent Adam Schefter, Rodger’s taped the episodes over two days in February. In addition, while he was filming, he discovered that he could see what the contestants were writing in real-time during the final “Jeopardy!” question segment.
Rodgers Hints at Surprise Moment During Tonight’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Episode
Rodgers also revealed that his fans would be in for a surprise when they watch on Monday night. “Just wait until you see the first show and what the returning champion wrote, and then think about me standing at the podium watching — and this will make sense when you see what he wrote — and I’m watching him write this down,” Rodgers recently told ESPN.
“For about 25 seconds, I’m watching him write this, and he thinks about the answer and says ‘F–k it,’ basically, ‘I’m going to write this answer,'” Rodgers added about the moment. “Probably one of the viral moments of my two weeks will be his response, which is taking a shot at something that happened to us late in the season, But it was unbelievable as the host, I’m watching him and going, ‘I can’t believe I’m watching him write this.’ It was pretty amazing.”
In January, “Jeopardy!” announced that the recently engaged Rodgers would be a guest host as the show continues to find a replacement for the late Alex Trebek, who died in November at 80. Rodgers describes being on the “Jeopardy!” set as similar to being inside a football locker room.
“One of the head producers … was like, ‘I’m just so appreciative of your approach,'” Rodgers said. “And my whole thing was I felt like the best way to honor Alex’s memory was to be so dialed in and so ready, and that’s the approach I took. So I was ready to rock and roll.”
The Green Bay Packers MVP has described himself as “a humungous fan” of the classic quiz show. As a kid, he grew up watching it with his grandparents every night. In 2015, his childhood dreams became a reality when he won “Celebrity Jeopardy!” as a contestant. Now, it’s come full circle for Ridges as he prepares to debut his hosting gig on Monday.