A series of guest hosts comprised of award-winning journalists and distinguished figures are scheduled to fill in at the Jeopardy! host’s lectern this season. The big winner? Charity.
Starting the week of March 8, as a part of each guest host’s appearance, Jeopardy! will make a contribution to the charity of their choice. That amount will match the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete during the guest host’s tenure.
See the running show schedule below and tune in to cheer on the contestants as they play for a good cause:
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! GOAT & Consulting Producer
Show Air Dates: January 4, 2021 - February 19, 2021
In 2004, Ken Jennings set the record for longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history after 74 consecutive wins, earning a total of $2.52 million. Since then, Jennings has competed in multiple Jeopardy tournaments including, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, the Jeopardy!: IBM Challenge in 2011, Battle of the Decades in 2014, and the Jeopardy! All-Star Games in 2019. In 2020, Jennings went on to earn his coveted GOAT title after winning the Greatest of All Time tournament. Later that same year, he officially joined the Jeopardy! family as segment producer.
On his message to contestants: “I hope they feel that I have a sense of solidarity with them, you know, that I’m rooting for them.”
Mike Richards, Executive Producer, Jeopardy! & Wheel of Fortune
Show Air Dates: February 22, 2021- March 05, 2021
Mike Richards is the executive producer of Jeopardy! and “Wheel of Fortune.” Prior to his time on Jeopardy! and Wheel, Richards was the executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make A Deal” for over a decade. During his tenure, Richards earned 17 Daytime Emmy nominations and was awarded three. Richards also served as executive producer of the 2020 revival of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” In addition to his producing, Richards has hosted 5 series: two reality shows most notably Beauty and the Geek, a news program, and two game shows including Game Show Network’s Pyramid.
On guest hosting the show: “I was very fortunate to have a front row seat to watch and study Alex. Stepping in as a guest host was incredibly humbling, emotional and a lot of fun. It will forever be the honor of my life.”
Katie Couric, Journalist & New York Times Best-Selling Author
Show Air Dates: March 8, 2021- March 19, 2021
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, presenter, author and the first woman to guest host Jeopardy!. She is the founder of Katie Couric Media (KCM), a multimedia news and production company, which produces documentaries, digital series and podcasts centered on social and cultural issues. Throughout her career, Couric has held multiple hosting positions at ABC, CBS and NBC. She also served as Yahoo’s Global News Anchor from 2013-2017.
On guest hosting Jeopardy!: “It is such a thrill to be here guest hosting a show I've watched for years, and a real honor to help as we recover after Alex.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz, Host of “The Doctor Oz Show”
Show Air Dates: March 22, 2021 - April 2, 2021
Dr. Oz has won ten Daytime Emmy Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show” and is an attending physician at NY Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received numerous patents, and still performs heart surgery. He also authors a syndicated newspaper column in 175 markets internationally and has a quarterly bookazine with Hearst titled, “The Good Life.” Dr. Oz is also the proud author of eight New York Times Best Selling books including his most recent, “Food Can Fix It.”
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback
Show Air Dates: April 5th, 2021 - April 16th, 2021
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl MVP and 9-time NFL Pro Bowl selection. Over the course of his career Rodgers has established himself as one of the NFL’s leading quarterbacks. He is also a Celebrity JEOPARDY! champion, after competing on the program in 2015.
Anchor Anderson Cooper, “Anderson Cooper 360°” Anchor
Show Air Dates: April 19th, 2021 - April 30th, 2021
Frequent competitor in Jeopardy!’s Power Players Tournament, Anderson Cooper, is the multi-award-winning anchor of CNN's “Anderson Cooper 360°” and host of “Anderson Cooper Full Circle,” a streaming show which airs on CNN's digital properties. He has worked in more than forty countries and has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. In addition to his shows on CNN, Cooper is also a regular correspondent for CBS's “60 Minutes” and an author who has topped the New York Times Best-Sellers List.
Bill Whitaker, “60 Minutes” Correspondent
Show Air Dates: May 3rd, 2021 - May 14th, 2021
Bill Whitaker has been a correspondent for “60 Minutes” since March of 2014. In four decades as a journalist he has covered major news stories domestically and across the globe for CBS News. He is the 2018 winner of the RTDNA's highest honor, the Paul White Award for career achievement.
Mayim Bialik, Actress and Neuroscientist
Show Air Dates: May 31st, 2021 - June 11th 2021
Acclaimed actress, author, host and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik is most recently known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.” Currently, Bialik is starring in “Call Me Kat” on Fox which she also executive produces. Outside of the realm of television, she also recently launched her podcast on mental health titled “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”
Savannah Guthrie, NBC News' TODAY Co-Anchor
Show Air Dates: June 14th, 2021 - June 25th, 2021
Co-anchor of NBC News’ Emmy Award-winning morning show, TODAY, Savannah Guthrie is also the chief legal correspondent for NBC News. She has served as primary anchor for the network’s major breaking news events and has conducted a wide range of exclusive interviews with newsmakers from presidents to celebrities and other notable figures. In 2018, Guthrie was appointed ambassador of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes campaign. Guthrie is also a New York Times bestselling author for her book “Princesses Wear Pants” and the sequel “Princesses Save the World.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Show Air Dates: TBD
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the chief medical correspondent for CNN, an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University and an associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He has won multiple Emmy-awards covering some of the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" and serves as an executive producer for the HBO Documentary Unit.