Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

Celebrities to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’ after Alex Trebek’s death

Celebrities to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’ after Alex Trebek’s death

"Jeopardy!" is turning to guest hosts to fill the role held by Alex Trebek since its syndicated revival began in 1984.

Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik will all get a chance to guest host Jeopardy! according to show producers.

Upon Bialik's announcement, her fans and followers flooded the comments with messages of support as they eagerly await her first Jeopardy! appearance.

Couric, a journalist and former "Today" show host, joins National Football League quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, and "60 Minutes" reporter Bill Whitaker.

Rodgers had previously revealed he would take the reins of an episode, saying that it would air "pretty soon" and that Trebek was an idol of his growing up.

"Alex was a legend, revered by all of us", Mike Richards, Executive Producer of JEOPARDY!, said. Richards, who will fill in for two weeks before the other guest hosts appear, is also getting consideration.

Katie Couric is Replacing Alex Trebek as Jeopardy Host After His Death

"60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker at his office in Manhattan on September 21, 2016.

Guest hosts will make a donation to the charity of their choice for the amount equal to the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host. The show has opted to use a series of interim guest hosts rather than immediately find permanent replacements.

Jeopardy! airs weeknights. Check your local listings for air times.

Whitaker, 69, is a veteran CBS News correspondent who has been with "60 Minutes" since 2014.

Ken Jennings, the all-time "Jeopardy!" champion, is the guest host this week. He was a celebrity "Jeopardy!" champion in 2015.

Mayim Bialik costarred on "The Big Bang Theory" and now stars in the Fox sitcom "Call Me Kat".

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