After months of anticipation and tired “Who/What is…” jokes, the moment has arrived: Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers will begin his two-week, 10-episode Jeopardy! guest-hosting gig tonight. FINALLY.
Rodgers taped his 10 episodes over two days in February. Did he watch tons of old episodes in order to study the technique and style of former host Alex Trebek (who died in November)? Yes he did.
“I took pages and pages and pages of notes,” Rodgers told ESPN. “I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”
“I know they didn’t expect what I was about to bring, but I was just so prepared. I was so ready. So we get into the first game, the first run-through, there’s 30 questions in a Jeopardy round, and after the first 15 questions, we go to break. They say it in your earpiece, ‘Take it to break.’ So I take it to break, and there was a pause, and I think everyone was like, ‘Whoa, OK, this guy kind of knows what he’s doing here.'”
So yeah, that’s the article. Jeopardy! is on locally at 6 p.m. on CBS 58. Aaron Rodgers will be the guest host. Apparently Dr. Oz was the guest host for the past two weeks, but we didn’t watch because Dr. Oz was the guest host.
Here’s a fresh-faced Rodgers crushing it as a Jeopardy! contestant back in 2015:
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