When Jeopardy! GOAT contestant Brad Rutter spoke to Den of Geek earlier this yr, he shared his opinion that there’s just one good Jeopardy! host to switch the departed Alex Trebek.
“Alex,” Rutter stated. “However we will’t do it, sadly. That’s one of many horrible issues about it. I can’t even actually think about what it’s going to be like.”
Alex Trebek was about as irreplaceable as a TV persona could be. Because the host and quiz grasp of Jeopardy! for 37 years, the Canadian entertainer was the right mixture of studious, skilled, and playful. Following Trebek’s demise from pancreatic most cancers in November 2020, Jeopardy!’s producers realized there was no level in changing the TV big with just one host.
For all of 2021, Jeopardy! has been going with a host-by-committee strategy, giving a number of popular culture figures the chance to strive their hand at shepherding the sport present in two-week increments. This parade of visitor hosts is partially a strategy to honor Trebek’s legacy. It’s additionally an open audition to supply contemporary blood with a chance to say the job of a tv mainstay.
With that in thoughts, listed below are our rankings of how every visitor host has carried out to date.
9. Dr. Mehmet Oz
Present Air Dates: March 22, 2021 – April 2, 2021
8. Anderson Cooper
Present Air Dates: April 19, 2021 – April 30, 2021
Anderson Cooper is an efficient journalist and compelling TV presence. In relation to Jeopardy!, nonetheless, he’s undoubtedly not the best man for the job. Cooper is considerably lucky that human trainwreck Dr. Oz hosted first and devoured up the lion’s share of dangerous Jeopardy! host press. In any other case folks might have seen that Cooper did pretty poorly in his two-week stint.
Cooper seemingly didn’t put together as intensely as Trebek or the opposite visitor hosts as there would continuously be awkward pauses following contestants’ solutions whereas the host checked in the event that they had been proper. In consequence, the variety of Jeopardy! rounds not accomplished below Cooper’s tenure was unusually excessive. It’s a small challenge, however an impactful one.
7. Katie Couric
Present Air Dates: March 8, 2021- March 19, 2021
Couric’s tenure as Jeopardy! host was the sufferer of dangerous timing. She had the robust act of following two visitor hosts who had been extraordinarily steeped within the present’s historical past in tradition in official Best of All Time Ken Jennings and government producer Mike Richards.
The longtime media persona finally did a good job as host, along with her solely main flaw being interjecting a bit too continuously throughout rounds. Sadly, she doesn’t stack up effectively to the professionals that preceded her.
6. Aaron Rodgers
Present Air Dates: April 5, 2021 – April 16, 2021
Whereas the presence of a NFL star might appear to be a determined scores seize from Jeopardy!, Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback and former Movie star Jeopardy! champ Aaron Rodgers is seemingly lifeless critical about wanting the full-time internet hosting job, telling The Ringer that he might simply match the present’s taking pictures schedule into his NFL obligations.
Rodgers’ eagerness was evident over the primary week and led to him coming throughout as a bit too excitable. He actually settled into the position in his second week although and projected the proper stability of experience and personability.
5. Invoice Whitaker
Present Air Dates: Might 3, 2021 – Might 14, 2021
In distinction to Aaron Rodgers, Invoice Whitaker apparently has little interest in holding down the full-time Jeopardy! job, telling The Philadelphia Tribune that he enjoys his present gig as a CBS journalist. That’s a disgrace as Whitaker got here off as fairly a pure throughout his two-week stint.
Delicate-spoken and constant, Whitaker was such a steadying presence in his time as host to the purpose that the novelty of there even being a visitor host started to put on off. In the end he could be a bit of too one-note for a full-time Jeopardy! host however his time on the dais was effectively spent.
4. Mayim Bialik
Present Air Dates: Might 31, 2021 – June 11, 2021
Mayim Bialik was an actual nice shock in her stint as host. Actually, she’s the perfect Jeopardy! visitor host but who was not beforehand affiliated with the present. Bialik leaned extra towards the pleasant finish of the acquainted/authoritative Jeopardy! internet hosting ratio. She stored up that power all through however was in a position to set up a pleasant stability in her second week.
As a longtime Large Bang Idea forged member, Bialik definitely doesn’t want the Jeopardy! internet hosting gig to pay the payments. However her expertise in entrance of a live-studio viewers and a transparent ardour for studying might show helpful within the place.
3. Buzzy Cohen
Present Air Dates: Might 17, 2021 – Might 28, 2021
On the flip aspect of Invoice Whitaker, Buzzy Cohen might at first appear to be too dynamic of a persona to work as a Jeopardy! visitor host. His enjoyable nickname, distinctive eyewear, and classy haircut are at odds with such an historical and honored TV establishment.
As host of Jeopardy!’s Event of Champions, nonetheless, Cohen has been constantly nice. As a consequence of his time as a Jeopardy! champion himself, Cohen empathizes with contestants simply and retains issues going at a quickly acceptable tempo for the aggressive event generally known as “The Nerd Tremendous Bowl.”
2. Ken Jennings
Present Air Dates: January 4, 2021 – February 19, 2021
Within the Jeopardy! canon Ken Jennings is the one determine that approaches the quiz present sainthood of Alex Trebek himself. Jennings is essentially the most spectacular and profitable Jeopardy! contestant of all time, successful 74 consecutive video games, amassing over $4 million in earnings, and taking residence the title of Jeopardy! GOAT in 2020. When he was introduced aboard as a consulting producer on Jeopardy! final yr, many naturally assumed he was being groomed for the internet hosting position.
Positive sufficient, Jennings was introduced as the primary visitor host of 2021 and bought the yr began heading in the right direction with over a month of wonderful internet hosting. Jennings has stated that a part of the important thing to Trebek’s success with Jeopardy! was his intuitive understanding that the star of the show wasn’t any host or contestant, but rather the show itself. Jennings put that understanding to good use, utilizing his wealth of expertise to make the sport present really feel each pleasant and satisfyingly aggressive.
Jennings can be a wonderful alternative for Jeopardy! host. Maybe his solely actual weak spot, nonetheless, is…the tweeting, because it all the time appears to be. Jennings has tweeted jokes that toe the road between dangerous style and offensive prior to now, something that he apologized for last year. The problem with Jennings on Twitter although isn’t the chance of future offensive tweets however moderately his continued use of Twitter in any respect together with the remainder of us plebs.
Jeopardy! seemingly exists outdoors of time itself. Save for improved graphics and Trebek’s graying hair, the present has remained largely the identical because it premiered. The Platonic best of a Jeopardy! host would appear like she or he was spawned from the set itself, returning backstage to sit down on their trivia throne and ponder the mysteries of life between tapings.
Jennings does an outstanding job of honoring Jeopardy!’s legacy however he’s nearly too accessible and engageable a public determine to have the required gravitas of Jeopardy! host.
However, after all, every little thing we simply stated is shallow, dumb, and overly idealizing a syndicated recreation present. So if Ken needs the job, then nice!
1. Mike Richards
Present Air Dates: February 22, 2021- March 5, 2021
Alex Trebek would sometimes be requested in interviews who he’d like to switch him. It was not a query he continuously answered as a result of who would need to speculate about an occasion that may presumably solely happen after their demise. He typically joked that Betty White ought to as a result of she was an in depth good friend. However in the few instances he did consider the question seriously, he supplied up Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust, Turner Traditional Films host Ben Makiewicz, and CNN authorized analyst Laura Coates. In the end, nonetheless, he told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour that he “would go away it as much as the folks in cost.”
Properly, what if a kind of legendary folks in cost was the best option to host all alongside? Mike Richards is an government producer for Jeopardy! and its Merv Griffin-created syndicated companion Wheel of Fortune. Richards has an extended historical past of manufacturing different recreation exhibits like Weakest Hyperlink, The Value is Proper, and Who Needs to Be a Millionaire? He’s even hosted a few recreation exhibits of his personal comparable to Magnificence and the Geek and The Pyramid. After Ken Jennings served his month-long stint as host, Richards stepped in for 2 weeks, seemingly solely to purchase the present a while earlier than it might arrange extra visitor hosts.
Richard’s two-week tenure as visitor host, nonetheless, was completely excellent. Regardless of the stuffy connotation related to the job “government producer”, Richards was essentially the most outwardly bubbly and joyful visitor host but. He nonetheless projected an air of authority and trivia mastery, doubtless because of his consolation and expertise with the format. Richards was additionally an attentive interviewer, and well-researched – his exhibits had been among the many smoothest this season to date.
Richards lacks essential title recognition (actually, his title is about as generic as they arrive) and wouldn’t win Jeopardy! any extra viewers on star energy alone. It additionally should be stated that Jeopardy! might stand to diversify the syndicated TV recreation a bit with this internet hosting resolution by selecting a lady or individual of colour.
Whether or not Richards is chosen as the total time host stays to be seen. However as government producer, he’ll be concerned within the resolution a method or one other. And if his expertise scouting is anyplace close to nearly as good as his internet hosting capability, then there’s nothing to fret about.
Nonetheless to return: Savannah Guthrie (Present Air Dates: June 14, 2021 – June 25, 2021), Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Present Air Dates: June 28, 2021 – July 9, 2021), George Stephanopoulos (Present Air Dates: July 12, 2021 – July 16, 2021), Robin Roberts (Present Air Dates: July 19, 2021 – July 23, 2021), LeVar Burton (Present Air Dates: July 26, 2021 – July 30, 2021), David Faber (Present Air Dates: August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021), Joe Buck (Present Air Dates: August 9, 2021 – August 13, 2021)