It’s time for another “Jeopardy!” guest host.
On June 14, “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie will become the 10th person to fill in as host since Alex Trebek’s death in November 2020. But Guthrie, who has already filmed her 10 episodes, is making one thing clear before her big “Jeopardy!” debut: She isn’t interested in taking on the position full-time.
“I was so nervous because I really just wanted to show how much respect I have for ‘Jeopardy!’ and Alex — who is a legend and an icon for a reason,” she told People. “He’s the maestro. And I know those ‘Jeopardy!’ fans are picky, but I have to say, I’m just the fill-in so don’t worry!
“I loved it,” she added. “I had so much fun, but I have a day job.”
During Guthrie’s two-week stint as host, which runs through June 25, “Jeopardy!” is matching the winnings of the contestants and donating to The Bowery Mission, an organization that serves people in New York struggling with homelessness and poverty.
Guthrie has covered “Jeopardy!” on “Today” for years. After Trebek’s death, she spoke with “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards about the late host’s final games.
“We didn’t know it was going to be his final episodes and neither did he,” Richards told “Today,” the Deseret News reported. “He was in enormous pain. … You will not sense any of that in these episodes. He is strong, he sounds great, he’s funny and he’s amazing.”
Most recently, Guthrie interviewed Alex Trebek’s wife, Jean, about her husband’s legacy.
“He got to really see the outpouring of love.”
Jean Trebek talks to @SavannahGuthrie about her late husband Alex Trebek. Catch the full interview during the special prime-time event “Inspiring America,” which airs Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and Telemundo. pic.twitter.com/BdjN5W4QFG
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 28, 2021
Aside from co-anchoring “Today,” Guthrie is also NBC News’ chief legal correspondent and has anchored major breaking news events ranging from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing to the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Below is the upcoming hosting schedule, according to the “Jeopardy!” website:
- Guthrie, June 14-25
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta — June 28-July 9
- George Stephanopoulos, July 12-16
Other guest hosts rounding out the season include LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts, David Faber and Joe Buck.