Katie Couric will officially be one of the first hosts for Jeopardy! following the airing of the final episodes with Alex Trebek. The longtime television figure will host the show for a week, according to a report by NY Post.
The show has announced plans to have different rounds of hosts lead the show until they can decide on a permanent replacement. Former Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings has also been booked for one of the guest-hosting slots on the show.
Katie Couric is one of the many guest hosts who will lead the show
This news drops as Trebek will appear for the final time on Jeopardy! in a slew of episodes that were filmed just before his death of pancreatic cancer. The longtime beloved host died in November at the age of 80. On Monday night’s episode, Trebek delivered a powerful message on giving.
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“You’ll recall that about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment to give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives,” he said in the message. “Now, today, a different kind of message. This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones.”
A sweet, final message from Trebek
He continues, “But today, I’d like you to go one step further. I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19. 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.”