Now that Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric and Dr. Oz have filled in as guest hosts for Jeopardy! in the wake of Alex Trebek's death, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to take the reigns at the historic show on Monday, April 5. Rodgers will host the game show series for the next two weeks, with his run concluding on Friday, April 16.
Jeopardy! has been featuring celebrity guest hosts since the start of 2021, as producers seek a permanent replacement for the late Trebek, who died on Nov. 8 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80. The first guest host was Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, who hosted before Jeopardy! executive producer Richards. After Richards' stint was up, Couric made history as the first woman to host the show. CNN's Anderson Cooper, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, 60 Minutes journalist Bill Whitaker and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta have also been selected to host, with their dates to be announced later.
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Couric, 64, was the first woman to host Jeopardy!. She remains best known for her run on NBC's Today Show from 1991 to 2006. After leaving Today, she joined CBS News, where she anchored CBS Evening News until 2011 and appeared on other CBS News programs. She moved to ABC News and hosted a two-season daytime talk show called Katie. Today, Couric leads Katie Couric Media, a multimedia news and production company. "It is such a thrill to be here guest hosting a show I've watched for years, and a real honor to help as we recover after Alex," Couric said in a statement released by Sony.
Just as with Couric's and Oz's hosting gigs, the Jeopardy! producers will be donating to a charity of Rodgers' choice during his tenure. Couric chose Stand Up To Cancer, a choice that is poignant following Trebek's death. The show will donate an amount equal to the winnings of the contestants during Rodgers' two weeks.