Later tonight, sportscaster Joe Buck makes his Jeopardy! debut as the newest guest host. In a recent interview, he spoke about how the game show threw “every curveball” it could at him, but that he came away from hosting thrilled with his experience.
Buck will be the final interim following more than a dozen other celebrity guest host appearances on Jeopardy!. Ever since legendary host Alex Trebek passed away in November, the game show has used the temporary fill-ins. Leading up to Buck’s appearance, he spoke with his hometown newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, about his time on the popular game show.
While speaking to the outlet, he shared details about his filming experience. Buck has a one-week, five-episode stint on the show that he recorded all in one day. In May, the longtime FOX Sports announcer taped his episodes at the Sony Pictures Studios in suburban Los Angeles. He had one day of orientation and rehearsal previous to taping, but that was all the training he got before being thrown into the fire.
“After a (sporting event), you know if it went well or not,” Buck said to the Post-Dispatch.
However, he had “no point of reference” for hosting a game show since he’s never done so before. Buck admitted he had no idea how his performance would be received by Jeopardy! fans. Yet from his viewpoint, the sportscaster left taping ecstatic about it.
“I kind of skipped out of the building I felt so good,” he said. “They threw every curveball they could at me.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Joe Buck Received Advice From Family Before Interim Gig
During an exclusive Jeopardy! interview, Joe Buck revealed the advice his family shared with him ahead of his appearance.
As the broadcaster prepared to travel to California to tape his episodes, his family shared some suggestions. Buck said that he got advice from almost every one of his family members. That included his sister, his wife, and even his two daughters who each told him to “relax and have fun.”
“All members of my family,” Buck answered when asked if anyone gave him advice before hosting Jeopardy!. “From my wife to my sister to my two daughters just said relax and have fun and be yourself. At the end of the day, I mean that’s really all I came in here with is my knowledge of how television works. And then trying to apply that knowledge to how the game works from that side of the podium instead of from my couch.”
“Being able to do it, and have some fun along the way, that’s been the most rewarding part too is to actually get there at times up there where I feel comfortable and I feel like myself. Getting that chance, it took a little bit to settle in, but I feel like I’m getting there,” he added.