Thanks to her job as a co-host of “Today,” Savannah Guthrie has spent more than her share of time in front of a camera. However, when it came time to step behind the “Jeopardy!” podium as a guest host, she had her share of butterflies.
Guthrie talked about how she felt hosting the popular quiz show with PEOPLE.
“I was so nervous because I really just wanted to show how much respect I have for ‘Jeopardy!’ and Alex (Trebek) – who is a legend and an icon for a reason. He’s the maestro,” Guthrie told the publication. “And I know those ‘Jeopardy!’ fans are picky, but I have to say, I’m just the fill-in so don’t worry!”
Hosting the popular quiz show was not just another hosting gig for Guthrie. She also said it was a learning experience she hopes to put on display in the future.
“I was a terrible student until much later in life so there’s just so much I don’t know in general,” the ‘Today’ host said. “But, what I learned was how smart everyone at ‘Jeopardy!’ is – especially the contestants and the writers. However, I studied really hard. I read everything ahead of time and I hope some of those facts stay in my head so I can impress people at cocktail parties.”
Savannah Guthrie Raising Funds for The Bowery Mission During Time as Guest Host of ‘Jeopardy!’
Episodes of “Jeopardy!” with Savannah Guthrie as guest host will begin airing on Monday, June 14, according to the show’s website. Her episodes will conclude on June 25. Money raised during her tenure as guest host will go to The Bowery Mission.
It appears that June 2021 will be an important month for Guthrie. Not only will her “Jeopardy!” episodes air this month, but she also celebrated an important anniversary. Monday, June 7, was her 10th anniversary as a journalist on the “Today” show.
Before she was a cohost of “Today,” Guthrie covered the White House for NBC News. Interestingly, her tenure on that popular morning show included significant changes in her personal life as well. Since joining “Today” in 2011, Guthrie married Michael Feldman. She also had two children – Vale and Charley – during that time. Guthrie, her family, and her co-hosts celebrated her 10th anniversary with a red velvet cake on June 7.
Following Guthrie’s stint on “Jeopardy!”, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host episodes that will air from June 28 until July 9. George Stephanopoulos will host episodes from July 12 through July 16. Other future guest hosts will be Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck.