Anderson Cooper takes over as Jeopardy! guest host, acknowledging 'big shoes to fill'
And now here is a new innkeeper from Jeopardy!
CNN's Anderson Cooper will be Jeopardy on Monday! For two weeks now, this has been the latest in a series of guest hosts the show has brought on since Alex Trebek's death. In a pre-debut interview, Cooper described himself as a huge fan of the show and admitted to being "nervous" about his time. He also honored Trebek as someone who was "an integral part of all of my youth and growing up," which he told the man himself last year.
"I probably got a call from him a month or two before he died," Cooper said. "He asked me about other things, but I used it as an opportunity to tell him how much I value him and what he has brought into my life and into the lives of so many people. So I was really glad I did get the chance. "
Trebek died in November 2020 after battling cancer. The show has been temporarily hosted since January by former champ Ken Jennings, Jeopardy producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric, TV presenter Dr. Oz and quarterback Aaron Rodgers moderated. It has not yet been announced who will permanently replace Trebek, although Cooper was seen as a potential competitor.
"Whoever leads this show forward, there are sure to be big shoes to fill," Cooper said in his interview. "And I know whoever hosts this show, they will carry on Alex's legacy."
Jennings was also a huge fan favorite to take on the permanent role, while Rogers said he would like to be considered. In the meantime, demands for LeVar Burton to at least be called in as an innkeeper continue to fall on deaf ears.
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