Most recently, during Tuesday night’s game, Rodgers read out the following clue: “In the 1960s, these midwesterners earned five NFL championships trophies.”
No one even attempted to buzz in with an answer. But this was one of those rare moments when the answer was right in front of them the whole time: the Green Bay Packers.
When time ran out, Rodgers extend his arms and revealed the answer with a “C’mon, guys” kind of tone before moving on to the next clue: “They swept over the NBA, winning the title every year from 1959 to 1966.”
A contestant quickly buzzed in with the correct response: “Who are the Boston Celtics?”
“Oh you know that one, huh?” Rodgers quipped.
the hits keep coming for Aaron Rodgers on Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/Ng8CEzh2nG— Claire McNear (@clairemcnear) April 13, 2021
Rodgers took it all in good stride, and even tweeted out the moment Tuesday night.
The NFL star also got roasted during his first game as host, when a contestant used the Final Jeopardy round to poke fun at the Packers’ loss in the NFC Championship, the Deseret News reported.
Will Aaron Rodgers replace Alex Trebek on ‘Jeopardy!’?
Rodgers, who grew up watching “Jeopardy!” and won a game of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, has been open about wanting to be the official host of the quiz show when the time comes.
- “I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job,” he told The Ringer. “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me ... 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure.”
Mike Richards, the executive producer of “Jeopardy!” praised Rodgers’ love of the game and dedication to hosting — the NFL star has previously said he “watched hours and hours and hours of episodes” to prepare.
- “It’s the ultimate compliment to Alex and to the franchise that Aaron is that forward with his thoughts, and so complimentary of the show,” Richards recently told NBC Sports. “What I find fascinating about Aaron is his second career could be better than his first.”
When will ‘Jeopardy!’ name an official host?
Rodgers’ run as guest host ends April 16. From there, “Jeopardy!” has a guest host lineup through June 11, with Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik all scheduled for two-week stints.
Two other upcoming hosts — Savannah Guthrie and Sanjay Gupta — are also scheduled to appear, although their dates have not yet been confirmed.
According to The Ringer, “Jeopardy!” will have its season finale on Aug. 13 with a new season likely to begin in September.
Ken Jennings — the show’s first guest host who has said he wants “another chance” to host — has said there will be a permanent host next season.
- “I’m not being coy,” Jennings said, according to My Edmonds News. “I don’t know who that is. ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ are multimillion-dollar properties for Sony TV. Those things just print money, and they are going to take this decision very seriously.”
Richards has said some of the guest hosts — including Jennings — will be considered for the permanent slot, but that the show isn’t rushing into a decision.
- ”Let’s make sure we get someone we are going to feel even better about in a decade than we do this year,” the executive producer of “Jeopardy!” told USA Today.