AARON Rodgers has called guest hosting Jeopardy! the ‘honor of a lifetime’ as fans get a first look at him behind the infamous podium.
The NFL star will make his debut on the show this coming Monday (April 5).
Game show fans have received a first look at Aaron Rodgers behind the Jeopardy! podiumCredit: Jeopardy Productions
Aaron, 37, will take on hosting duties temporarily for two weeks, through to April 16.
Former legendary host Alex Trebek sadly passed away from stage four pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020.
A self-confessed fan of the popular game show, Aaron gushed it was an “honor of a lifetime” to take on the role.
In a promotional video posted to the programme’s Instagram page, the Green Bay Packers quarterback said: “Growing up it was my favorite show.
Aaron previously appeared on the show in 2015 and wonCredit: Jeopardy
The football player is now returning a host and describes it as an ‘honor’Credit: Jeopardy
He’s best known for playing quarterback with the Green Bay PackersCredit: Getty – Contributor
“Other than the Super Bowl, this is the honor of a lifetime.”
He also comments: “Following in the footsteps of a legend is something I know a little about”, a reference to previous Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, and the late Jeopardy! host Trebek.
But this won’t be the first time Aaron has been on the show – he first appeared as a contestant in 2015 and walked away with a $50,000 donation to charity.
In a second clip, Aaron, who is engaged to Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley, went on to detail the similarities between hosting and succeeding on the pitch.
Legendary host Alex Trebek passed away last yearCredit: The Mega Agency
Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings originally took over the reinsCredit: AP
He was followed by veteran news anchor Katie CouricCredit: @jeopardy
He said: “The key to being football smart is to focus.
“And the key to really being good at hosting is that same focus.”
Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings originally took over the reins before CBS announced no permanent replacement host will be named.
Veteran news anchor Katie Couric then helmed the podium, making history by becoming the CBS show’s first ever female host.
Her guest slot was followed by the controversial television personality Dr Oz.
Mehmet Oz’s two weeks of hosting was met with uproar over some of his unpopular medical beliefs.
Dr Oz’s two week slot was met with outrage from former contestantsCredit: YouTube/Jeopardy
Five hundred former Jeopardy! contestants signed a letter that opposed the selection of Oz as guest host.
Hemant Mehta, a former contestant, tweeted the contents of the letter on March 22 – hours before Oz’s debut was set to air.
“Here’s a letter signed by over 500 former contestants (myself included) opposed to Dr. Oz hosting the show because of his rampant promotion of pseudoscience,” Mehta tweeted.
The letter states that “we understand that first and foremost, Jeopardy! is a television show, and ratings are important.
“However, Dr Oz stands in opposition to everything that Jeopardy! stands for.”
The letter continues: “Jeopardy! is a show that values facts and knowledge.”
Other celebrities set to guest host include Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie and The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik.
New episodes of Jeopardy! will be airing on ABC at 7pm every day of the week.
The show is currently on its 37th season.
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