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Aaron Rodgers is the latest celeb to guest host "Jeopardy!", an opportunity he calls "the honour of a lifetime."
On Friday, "Jeopardy!" teased fans with a clip of Rodgers' takeover of the show, which starts Monday April 5 and lasts through Friday April 16. On Saturday, "Jeopardy!" released a full interview with Rodgers in which he talked about his love for the show and how, after playing -- and winning -- Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2015, he thought that hosting the show would be a "dream job."
“When I came on the show in 2015 and got to do Celebrity Jeopardy!, I just saw how special this environment was,” Rogers said. “I remember thinking, this would be like a dream job.”
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The Green Bay Packers quarterback added that "Jeopardy!" was his "favourite show" growing up, and that, "Other than the Super Bowl, this is the honour of a lifetime."
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Hosting the iconic trivia show is a tall order for anyone given they must follow in the footsteps of Alex Trebek, who passed away last year. Rodgers, however, is no stranger to being compared to the greats. "Following in the footsteps of a legend is something I know a little bit about," Rodgers said, seemingly referring to the Packers' previous quarterback, Brett Favre.
Aaron Rodgers Says He'd 'Love' to Host Jeopardy! Full-Time, Watched 'Hours of Episodes' Before Guest Hosting
Rodgers is the latest in a lineup of celebrity guest hosts for Jeopardy!, after Alex Trebek, the game show's beloved host of 34 years, died in November of stage IV pancreatic cancer He also added that he'd even be willing to shave for the job. "If [shaving] is ever a prereq to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all. No problem at all ... I would love to be the host of Jeopardy!, yes," he said. Rodgers, who was a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2015, said he thought about sporting a more clean-shaven look "to honor Alex [Trebek].
Rodgers also says there's actually a lot of similarities between being a great football player and being a great host. "The key to being football smart is to focus," the says. "And the key to really being good at hosting is that same focus."
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Rodgers has also approached his hosting gig with as much prep work as he does in the run up to a big game. He recently told, "I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes." He added, "Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective -- from Alex's perspective. I couldn't watch it as a fan anymore."
"I took pages and pages and pages of notes," Rodgers continued. "I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn't get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it."
All the money earned by contestants during his stint will be matched to benefit small businesses and, specifically, the.
Rodgers takes over on Monday after Dr. Mehmet Oz's run as guest host. After Rodgers, other celebs including Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, and Mayim Bialik will step into the hosting role.
Fans Praise Anderson Cooper After He Begins His Stint As Latest ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host .
Anderson Cooper is proving to be a big hit with “Jeopardy!” fans. Viewers flocked to Twitter to praise the journalist after he began his stint guest hosting the show on Monday, April 19. Okay so @Jeopardy needs to hire @andersoncooper permanently and immediately. Sorry @CNN. ????????♂️ — Eoin Wenger (@eoinwenger) April 19, 2021 IViewers flocked to Twitter to praise the journalist after he began his stint guest hosting the show on Monday, April 19.