'Jeopardy!' Viewers Are Divided after Katie Couric Hosts the Show — See Their Reactions
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.
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!”
Katie Couric did a great job guest hosting Jeopardy tonight, very fitting for International Women’s Day! pic.twitter.com/JWoLgM48v3— janice nissen (@nissenja) March 9, 2021
“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.
I did not know who the guest host would be when I showed up for the taping of my second episode. Gotta say, it was very fun to be the returning champ for @katiecouric’s first game as host! https://t.co/E0kM1Y3bIV— Laura Portwood-Stacer, Jeopardy Champ (she/her) (@lportwoodstacer) March 7, 2021
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.
My daughter on Katie Couric as #Jeopardy host: “She’s kind of like that teacher who when you get it wrong is like, “That’s okay. You’ll get it next time.”— Amy DeCamp (@decamptownraces) March 9, 2021
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.