Today is guest host Robin Roberts‘ last day behind the “Jeopardy!” lectern as she fills in for the late and great Alex Trebek.
Next up after Roberts is the long-awaited “Reading Rainbow” host, LeVar Burton, who will take the reins from Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30. After Burton is CNBC’s David Faber from August 2 to August 6 and Fox’s Joe Buck from August 9 to August 13. By the end of this season, “Jeopardy!” is expected to announce its new permanent host after the death of 37-year host Alex Trebek.
Trebek died of stage four pancreatic cancer in November 2020, surrounded by friends and family in his Burbank, California home. While the game show can never replace such an iconic and heartwarming man, the host position must be filled eventually.
Roberts has done a decent job guest hosting this week, following her “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. While she’s had no shortage of fans on Twitter, a recent poll by TVLine does reveal that 67% of voters do NOT want to see Roberts take on the permanent position. Viewers revealed that actress Mayim Bialik is their first choice, followed by “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings.
Executive producer Mike Richards, who also briefly hosted the show, promised TVLine that they take the decision very seriously.
“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” Richards said. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy, and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes.”
What You Need To Know About Roberts’ Last Night As ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host
Looking to watch Roberts’ final episode as guest host? According to Decider, “Jeopardy!” will premiere on ABC at 7 p.m. ET, right after “Wheel of Fortune.” If you don’t have cable, you can live stream it through fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV Now, or YouTubeTV.
After her final episode airs, we’ll find out how much money Roberts and the contestants raised for Be The Match. Roberts chose the bone marrow registry because she received a life-saving transplant back in 2012. In an exclusive interview with “Jeopardy!”, Roberts discussed why organizations like Be The Match are so crucial.
“Grateful that my sister was the donor, [because] so many times that is not the case,” Roberts said. “People think a family member, it’s automatic — it doesn’t happen but 30% of the time. So 70% of the time, you need someone off a registry like Be The Match.”
Yesterday, as part of a special tribute video to Alex Trebek on what would’ve been his 81st birthday, Roberts revealed just how much they’ve earned so far.
“He was a kind, intelligent, philanthropic man,” Roberts said. “Which is why I am incredibly proud to say we’ve raised nearly $100,000 for Be The Match!”
The video aired before last night’s episode, where contestants raked in some big winnings. Be The Match tweeted on their official site about the incredible amount the contestants raised in just one game.
“And just like that @RobinRoberts & @Jeopardy raised $44,000 for Be The Match today. Let’s make it a true ‘Daily Double’ and save even more lives!” the organization wrote.