Last night “Jeopardy!” passed a major milestone for both hosting and charitable donations with Bill Whitaker as guest host.
During their stint on the popular game show, each guest host is given the opportunity to represent the charity of their choosing. Jeopardy is matching each day’s contestant winnings and donating that amount to charities selected by each guest host. Bill Whitaker took to the “Jeopardy!” social media account this morning to make the exciting announcement about the donation process.
“As of yesterday, more than $1 million has been given to some great causes. And we are just beginning my two weeks as guest host, where all the proceeds will go to the Media Fellowship House, which does great work promoting social justice, diversity, and economic empowerment. So let’s raise a lot of money for both them and you!”
Bill Whitaker began his “Jeopardy!” reign yesterday. On Friday, “Jeopardy!” announced the total charity earnings for Anderson Cooper’s second week, and they’re beyond impressive.
“A total of $138,197 has been raised for @justicedefends during @andersoncooper’s final week as guest host! The funds will enable Justice Defenders to train more people in prison to become paralegals and get law degrees, to ensure everyone has access to a fair hearing.”
However, during Anderson Cooper’s first week as “Jeopardy!” host, he raised a booming $118,000 for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. Before Cooper, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers donated $236,725 to the North Valley Community Foundation. Rodgers said the money donated would go toward helping small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
One of the most impressive fundraisers came from Katie Couric, who raised more than $230,000 for Stand Up to Cancer. The cause hits home for both “Jeopardy!” fans and Couric, who lost her husband back in 1998 to colon cancer. “Jeopardy!” fans also lost Alex Trebek to pancreatic cancer in November.
Hosts who have already had their day in the spotlight include “Jeopardy!” royalty Ken Jenning (frontrunner), executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric, TV personality Dr. Oz, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After Bill Whitaker completes his two weeks on “Jeopardy!” on May 14th, the star-studded list of talent continues. “TODAY” host Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, NFL commentator Joe Buck, and “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton will all take turns behind the podium. Additionally, the “Jeopardy!” panel only keeps growing. The show recently announced that CNBC’s David Faber and “Good Morning America” anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will also be hosts.