“Jeopardy!” guest host Savannah Guthrie started her two-week stretch on Monday. She was truly excited to be on the long-running game show.
Guthrie, who’s a co-anchor on NBC’s “Today,” could hardly contain her joy and happiness around being there.
Take a look at how it all starts for her on “Jeopardy!” in this clip from Monday’s show. Longtime announcer Johnny Gilbert welcomes Guthrie to the show’s stage.
“Hi! Thank you so much, Johnny Gilbert,” Guthrie said. “Hi, everybody. I am really excited to be here on this iconic stage guest hosting ‘Jeopardy!’”
She said, “I kinda want to pinch myself.”
“I love this show,” Guthrie said. “And I’m so looking forward to honoring the great Alex Trebek and raising a lot of money for charity. So let’s do it.”
Guthrie then introduces the show’s three contestants and off they go into the first round. She will be around as guest host behind the podium until June 25. Guthrie is followed by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Wants To Do Her Best For Trebek’s Legacy
“Jeopardy!” will wrap up this season, one which has been filled with guest hosts, and fans will take a wait-and-see attitude. What will the show fans be waiting on before next season? A decision from executive producer Mike Richards on who will take over Trebek’s spot on a full-time basis.
As you heard in Guthrie’s opening, she is quite committed to doing her best in honoring Trebek’s legacy.
Guthrie talks a little more in depth about this in an interview posted by “Jeopardy!” for its fans.
“I think what I tried to do is I tried to approach it like I approach my job, which is to be prepared,” she said. “To study hard, to care a lot, to work hard. I think that’s what Alex Trebek did every day.”
Trebek, who fought a gallant fight against pancreatic cancer, died in November 2020.
Guthrie Knows That Her Role On Game Show Is Different From ‘Today’
One regret that Guthrie said she does have is that she never got to meet Trebek at all.
“I would have loved to meet him,” she said. “But now that I’ve met all the folks who worked with him so closely, I know everything I’ve ever heard about him is 100 percent true. He was a class act and a gentleman.”
By the way, Guthrie is quite aware that doing a game show is very different from her regular role on “Today.”
“‘Jeopardy!’ is extremely precise,” she said. “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.”
Guthrie gets nine more shows to keep “Jeopardy!” on track with contestants taking their best shots at winning. After she’s done with her guest-hosting duties, then it’s back to those early-morning calls for “Today” at 30 Rock in New York City.