Katie Couric made her debut as the first female “Jeopardy!” guest host following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.
Alex Trebek was undoubtedly a fantastic host who significantly contributed to the success of “Jeopardy!” for many years. Now, the game show is finding a way to find the best fit host to replace him.
A few guest hosts have taken the stage, with Kate Couric most recently standing on the podium. The former “Today” anchor was the first woman who appeared as a guest host since Trebek’s demise.
Katie Couric during "Mornings With Maria" at Fox Business Network Studios on March 20, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Couric’s hosting coincided with International Women’s Day, which some fans believed was a perfect fit. Many commended the host for her job well done, including a fan who said:
“I’ve seen enough! Please make the fabulous Katie Couric the permanent host of #Jeopardy already!”
“Jeopardy!” champion Laura Portwood-Stacer also expressed her delight working with Couric, revealing that she enjoyed her time on stage. However, there were also others who reacted differently on Twitter.
He made history as the host with most game show episodes on the Guinness World Record.
Some of the negative comments about Couric involved how she talked and her harsh attitude towards some players. “Kate [Couric] is reading the categories like she’s reading the news,” one disappointed fan said. “We need another one.”
Another Twitter user compared the host to the “Harry Potter” character, Dolores Umbridge, as she exhibited similar characteristics during the game.
Ken Jennings and Mike Richards previously stood behind the lectern as host, while Dr. Mehmet Oz and Aaron Rodgers are scheduled to try their hosting skills next.
The other future guest hosts are “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, CNN news journalist Anderson Cooper, “60 Minutes” host Bill Whitaker, “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, and CNN medical adviser, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Trebek was the first host of the game show when it debuted in 1984, hosting nearly 37 seasons. He made history as the host with most game show episodes on the Guinness World Record.
Sadly, he passed away on November 8, 2020, after a long and difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite his diagnosis in March 2019, Trebek still hosted several episodes until his demise.