WATCH: ‘Jeopardy!’ Shares Opening Monologue from George Stephanopoulos’ First Episode

by Amy Myers
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As the season for guest hosts and the search for a permanent host continues, the next celebrity icon on Jeopardy!‘s set is George Stephanopoulos. When he’s not reading clues to the contestants, Stephanopoulos is an anchor on Good Morning America and chief Washington correspondent for ABC News.

He also hosts his weekly program on Sundays, This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Now beginning his week on America’s favorite trivia show, the renowned anchor will learn just how much knowledge and confidence goes into late Alex Trebek’s career.

Now that the most recent guest host, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has passed the Jeopardy! baton to George Stephanopoulos, the Good Morning America news anchor is excited to start his week on the show.

Stephanopoulos Shares Initial Thoughts on His New Role

In his initial monologue, Stephanopoulos shared that he had the pleasure of meeting the late and original host many times. He also reported that Trebek appeared on GMA as a guest of his own.

“When he was a guest on ‘Good Morning America,’ he always made us smile. And he inspired us with his grace in the face of cancer.”

Stephanopoulos continued, “It’s a privilege for me to honor his legacy, to raise money for charity and to watch these impressive ‘Jeopardy!’ players at work.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Welcomes Its Second News Anchor As a Guest Host

Before Stephanopoulos joined the Jeopardy! stage, another news anchor held the reins to the gameshow. Although belonging to a different network, NBC’s The Today Show anchor, Savannah Guthrie, was in a very similar position when she began her week on the trivia show. Like Stephanopoulos, she, too, is no stranger to Washington affairs. In fact, before her gig on NBC, she was a White House journalist.

When Guthrie joined the set of Jeopardy!, almost immediately, the news anchor found that even though she was comfortable in front of a camera, there were still many nuances that separated her job from Trebek’s.

Jeopardy! is extremely precise,” Guthrie shared in an exclusive interview on the show. “A game is going on, and it has to be done with integrity. You can’t mess up, and so for me, that added an extra level of stress.” 

She also reflected on the difference between a news show and game show.

“‘The Today Show’ is a live news show,’ Guthrie said. “We often don’t know what to expect, and when it’s done, it’s done. You kind of just have to roll with it. If you aren’t perfect, if you didn’t say it perfectly, there are no redos.” 

Hopefully, as Stephanopoulos begins his journey on Jeopardy!, he’ll be able to take a page out of his fellow anchor’s book.

Stephanopoulos will continue as the trivia show’s guest host until Friday, July 16.

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