Dr. Mehmet Oz is up next on “Jeopardy!”
“The Dr. Oz Show” host, 60, will start his two-week stint as guest host for the famous quiz show on Monday following the November death of beloved host Alex Trebek.
Dr. Oz landed the hosting gig to pay tribute to his dear friend.
“Dr. Oz is someone who was very close to Alex,” executive producer Mike Richards told USA TODAY earlier this month. He added that the lineup of guest hosts are “people just kind of in the orbit that I knew feel very strongly about stepping in, not to try out for the role but to honor Alex.”
Dr. Oz will follow in the footsteps of guest hosts Ken Jennings, Richards and most recently Katie Couric, who ended her two-week run as guest host Friday.
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“Jeopardy!” announced it made a $230,504 donation Friday to Stand Up to Cancer, an organization co-founded by Couric that “raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.”
The donation – which equals the cumulative winnings of contestants who competed during Couric’s tenure as guest host – holds extra significance. It will be designated to Stand Up to Cancer’s Pancreatic Cancer Collective initiative for pancreatic cancer research, the same form of cancer Trebek battled.
Green Bay Packers quarterback (and 2015 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champion) Aaron Rodgers fills in as guest host on April 5.
Future guest hosts include CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, neurosurgeon and CNN medical adviser Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik, who stars in the Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.”
Some of these hosts will be considered for the permanent slot, but “Jeopardy!” will take its time and may not replace Trebek until the show begins its 38th season in syndication in September.
Contributing: Gary Levin
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