Will a female be next to host the beloved game show “Jeopardy!”?
Longtime network news star Katie Couric has been chosen to take over the hosting title for a week, according to the LA Times.
Sources familiar with the game show told the outlet that Couric will be one of the celebrities to guest host “Jeopardy!” after the final episodes with Alex Trebek will air this week.
Trebek, who died on November 8 after battling pancreatic cancer, filmed the episodes in October.
Couric declined to comment when asked whether she is interested in taking the role on a full-time basis. A representative for Sony Pictures Television, which produces “Jeopardy!,” declined to comment.
On one of Trebek’s final episodes airing this week, the host gave a heartwarming and passionate speech. In an episode that aired Monday night, Trebek urged people to be generous during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the emotional moment, the "Jeopardy!" host asked fans to “take a moment to give thanks” for their blessings on Thanksgiving.
“Now today, a different kind of message,” Trebek said. “This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones, but today I’d like you to go one step further.”
“I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19,” he went on. “People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”
Before Trebek’s passing, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards revealed what it was like working with the host during his final days in the studio.
Trebek was still taping episodes of “Jeopardy!” several days before he passed away. Richards described Trebek’s final performances as “herculean.”
“He was in enormous pain,” Richards shared.