LOS ANGELES – Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik, Aaron Rodgers and journalist Bill Whitaker are among future guest hosts who will replace the late Alex Trebek in “Jeopardy!”
The show announced Wednesday that Couric, the journalist and former host of the “Today” show, would become the first woman to host the show.
Trebek, the face of the show for 36 years, died of pancreatic cancer on November 8, and the last shows he recorded aired last week. The show chose to use a series of acting guest hosts rather than immediately finding permanent replacements.
Ken Jennings, considered the show’s biggest champion, is currently the first guest host. After his run is over, executive producer Mike Richards will fill in for two weeks as the newly announced guests prepare for their stint.
Rodgers, the superstar quarterback currently leading the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs, is a former “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champion, and Bialik, former star of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and current star of Fox’s “Call Me Kat”, is a neuroscientist, which makes him suitable choices to serve as clues for quiz contestants. .
Rodgers, the Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP, previously disclosed the news of his hosting earlier this week.
“I apologize to Jeopardy! if they wanted to announce it, I was so excited, ”Rodgers said Tuesday. “The show has been so special to me over the years.”
Whitaker, a “60 minute” correspondent, will also be a guest host.
The show will make a donation to the charity of choice of the invited hosts that matches the total dollar amount earned by competitors during their race.
This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Bill Whitaker’s last name.
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