Oz is handing off to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers, whose fiancee calls a “nerd,” is a lifelong Jeopardy! superfan. Rodgers appeared as a contestant on the show in 2015 where he won and raised $50,000 for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund.
He beat seriously stiff competition, too. Rodgers rocketed past former astronaut and current Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly and harpooned Shark Tank panelist Kevin O’Leary.
Alex Trebek, who hosted the show for decades, died in October from pancreatic cancer at 80 years old. Rodgers said meeting Trebek and being on the show was a “dream come true.”
“The show has been so special to me over the years,” he said, according to Packers. com. “It’s been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years – 6 o’clock watching Alex and trying to get as many questions as I can. When the opportunity came up in 2015 I mean that was a dream come true, it really was, to be on there, to get to meet Alex was just such a special moment, and we’re all obviously sad about his passing.”
Rodgers will host 10 shows over the next two weeks. He’ll then pass the ball to journalist Anderson Cooper. TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, journalist Bill Whitaker, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also host.
The show hasn’t chosen a permanent replacement for Trebek.
What Charity Will Aaron Rodgers Pick to Support?
Each Jeopardy! guest host chooses a charity, and the show donates an equal amount of all of the money won during their time as host to that charity.
Katie Couric raised $230,504 for Stand Up 2 Cancer during her time on the show, People said. Dr. Oz picked Healthcorp, Inc. His total hasn’t been released, but contestants helped him raise nearly $130,000 in his first week, the show reported.
Rodgers will benefit the North Valley Community Foundation. The group is helping Californians rebuild following last year’s devastating wildfires.
Rodgers has worked with them in the past. He established the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to help stabilize the lives of kids affected by the fires. The fund supports “programs that offer youths stability in the face of crisis, support the local youth sports infrastructure and support the process of bringing permanent and transitional housing back to the burned area,” the group’s website says.