Fox broadcaster Joe Buck was happy to get a shot at hosting “Jeopardy!.” But when it came time to tell the family about his guest-hosting stint, there was one family member in particular who was really thrilled.
“My mom” was most excited for Buck to guest host “Jeopardy!,” the sportscaster revealed.
“She’s 81, an avid watcher [of ‘Jeopardy!’],” Buck said. “Somebody who was a huge Alex Trebek fan. And so when I told the family, I think she probably reacted with the most enthusiasm.”
“But really, everybody was,” he added. “Because it’s something different for me. I’ve done Super Bowls and World Series and U.S. Opens, but to get to stand on this stage and host this show is really a career highlight.”
Watch Buck discuss his family’s reaction (at 1:10) here:
‘Jeopardy!’ Has Run Through an Impressive Array of Guest Hosts
Buck is just the latest in a long line of guest hosts, some of whom expressed interest in the permanent hosting gig.
The first to fill in after Alex Trebek’s death was former “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings. Following him was “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. Next was former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric.
After Couric, it was “Doctor Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz’s turn. Then Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was up. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper followed him. “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker followed Cooper.
Former “Jeopardy!” All-Star Buzzy Cohen took the podium next. After him came actress Mayim Bialik. Then it was “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie’s turn. Following her was CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. After him was “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts was up next. Following her was actor LeVar Burton. Next was CNBC journalist David Faber. Finally, the current and probably last guest host is Buck.
All told, it’s an impressive roster of television talent to choose from. Which is why some fans were perplexed and upset when news broke that Richards was in talks to take over for Trebek permanently.
Richards Is Up for Permanent Host Job
Before Variety broke the news that Richards was in talks to become the permanent host of “Jeopardy!,” the executive producer spoke to the Wall Street Journal podcast “The Journal” about the decision-making process.
Richards said the choice was ultimately up to Sony executives. But he assuaged “Jeopardy!” fans’ worries with the promise that it was all being done impartially, based on “analytics and real testing,” and on watching the feed, the tapings and the audience reaction for each host.
The top brass seems to have gone with an inside choice. And fans took to social media to react to the news, with some upset that interested fan favorites such as Rodgers, Bialik or Burton were not picked for the role.
Whatever the guest hosts think of the choice, most of them have quietly returned to their lucrative day jobs post-“Jeopardy!”. That is, after they heaped effusive praise on Trebek, of course.