Well, all things must come to an end. “Jeopardy!” prepares to say goodbye to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and welcome the next guest host to the show. So who’s next to fill-in hosting duties for the show?
Journalist Anderson Cooper will join “Jeopardy!” on Monday, April 19th. Cooper will host two weeks on the trivia game show until April 30. Cooper has made a career for himself in the media world, reporting on news events. Audiences best know him as the anchor on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Anderson Cooper Full Circle” as well. Cooper also regularly worked with “60 Minutes” as well.
But Cooper is no stranger to “Jeopardy!” either. He previously competed in the game show’s Power Players Tournament. Bill Whitaker, a “60 Minutes” correspondent, will take over for Cooper on May 3rd and will serve two weeks himself. Other upcoming hosts include Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, and also Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Aaron Rodgers on ‘Jeopardy!’
As Boys II Men once sang, “It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.”
It’s a bittersweet moment for Aaron Rodgers to close out his “Jeopardy!” guest-hosting gig. For the athlete, hosting the show has been a dream come true. Rodgers revealed that he used to watch the show with his grandparents growing up. And he’s been a super fan of the show for years.
During an episode, Rodgers revealed what he considered to be his favorite part of hosting. And it had everything to do with interacting with the show’s contestants. Rodgers loved watching them test their wits on the show.
“The best part of guest hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ is watching the incredibly smart contestants test themselves against the game and each other,” Rodgers said. “It takes quick reflexes and the ability to make intelligent decisions on the fly to be a ‘Jeopardy!’ champion. Something I can definitely relate to.”
Of course, if Rodgers had his way, this would only be a temporary goodbye to “Jeopardy!” and its fans. Rodgers may be a full-time football quarterback. But he would also be a full-time host if given the chance. The athlete has already worked out in his head how he would devote time to both the NFL and trivia. Rodgers started promoting himself for the job before he even started his guest host gig.
Ultimately, it remains to be seen who “Jeopardy!” will pick as its permanent host. It’s hard to replace the late Alex Trebek. And if recent ratings are anything to go by, it may be a fool’s errand to even try.