Add Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers to the ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host list
A day after Ken Jennings made his debut as the first guest host of “Jeopardy!”, another future guest host has been revealed: Aaron Rodgers.
“One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek,” Rodgers told McAfee, according to the Packers’ website. “They’re doing some guest-hosting spots. It’s going to be released here pretty soon, but I had the opportunity to be one of those. … I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Later on Tuesday, during a Zoom call with reporters, Rodgers apologized for breaking the news before “Jeopardy!” according to NFL.com.
“I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it,” he said. “I just got so excited on the show earlier. It kind of just went down the last couple days, us figuring it out.
“It is very exciting,” he continued. “It’s for the offseason. I’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets closer.”
Rodgers competed on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” back in 2015, earning $50,000 for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, the Packers’ website reported.
The football star recently told The Athletic that he was “starstruck” to meet Trebek back then.
“It’s happened a few times in my life where I’ve been starstruck by somebody,” he said shortly after Trebek’s death in November. “I was so excited, trying to keep it together and act like it wasn’t the huge deal that it was to me on the inside.”
“Jeopardy!” has not officially announced any guest hosts aside from Jennings, who will host for at least six weeks, according to the Deseret News. A recent report from the Los Angeles Times indicates that Katie Couric will be guest hosting for a week at some point.
At the start of his first episode as guest host, Jennings paid tribute to Trebek.
“Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans, I miss Alex,” he said with emotion. “Very much. And I thank him for everything he did for all of us. Let’s be totally clear: No one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek, but we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”