aaron rodgers' future is in jeopardy

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oskidunker said:

He just seems more natural and the most like Alex.

Disagree 100%! He sounded stilted and uncomfortable. The most natural host so far has been Jeopardy's executive producer Mike Richards.

Aaron Rodgers needs to loosen up a bit. He needs to follow the advice of a certain Green Bay quarterback who wisely told his teammates to "Relaaax." You can tell he's trying to do his best Alex Trebek impression, but that's not who he is. He's Aaron Rodgers. He needs to be Aaron Rodgers on the show. Other than that, he's doing a fine job.
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I'm loving how in the games he's hosted these two days, Aaron Rodgers has slipped a "Go Bears!" in each day. I hope Brandon Deutsch continues his winning streak, just so we can hear "Go Bears!" on _Jeopardy_ everyday!
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I think Ken Jennings is a low-ceiling high-floor host. He seems the most like Trebek since he was on the show so many times that he's been the best so far at recreating the way Alex ran the show. I think there are lots of people who would be better once they had time to settle into the job.

Personally I'm still holding out hope that Will Ferrell takes over as host even though he's a trojan. He was great on the SNL celebrity jeopardy, his banter would be much more fun than Jennings, even really famous comedians used to go on and host shows all the time and it's not like he's been in anything good recently. The last two movies I saw Will Ferrell in were a skiing movie with Julia Lois-Dreyfus and one about a European song competition with Rachel McAdams and both of them were godawful movies.

To get back on track though, this new Jeopardy host has the Max Homa stamp of approval
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Bearly Clad said:

I think Ken Jennings is a low-ceiling high-floor host. He seems the most like Trebek since he was on the show so many times that he's been the best so far at recreating the way Alex ran the show. I think there are lots of people who would be better once they had time to settle into the job.

Personally I'm still holding out hope that Will Ferrell takes over as host even though he's a trojan. He was great on the SNL celebrity jeopardy, his banter would be much more fun than Jennings, even really famous comedians used to go on and host shows all the time and it's not like he's been in anything good recently. The last two movies I saw Will Ferrell in were a skiing movie with Julia Lois-Dreyfus and one about a European song competition with Rachel McAdams and both of them were godawful movies.

To get back on track though, this new Jeopardy host has the Max Homa stamp of approval

Ken Jennings is like Alex Trebek in that they both bring a wealth of personal knowledge to the show. Beyond that, though, the similarities end. Jennings lacks Trebek's charm and warmth as a host. As a contestant, sure, he had his moments. However, that's different than being the host.

One of the many things Trebek's did so well on the show was to help the contestants shine, which is one the reasons why Ken Jennings became so popular (obviously, his record winning streak and subsequent appearances as a featured contestant on the show helped with this as well). Jennings did not exhibit that same ability as host. It's the difference between being a good straight man and the funny man. Any reasonably funny person with good timing can be the funny man, but it takes more skill to be a straight man. The latter has to be able to set up the punchline so the former can shine.

Of the guest hosts since Alex Trebek's passing, Mike Richards has come closest to bringing that same level of warmth and straight man ability, IMHO. But that's to be expected since he is a former game show host. He already has those tools. The next best guest host in this respect is Katie Couric, who honed similar skills on the _Today_ show.
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I thought Katie Couric was my least favorite
01Bear
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oskidunker said:

I thought Katie Couric was my least favorite

Dr. Oz was my least favorite.
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01Bear said:

oskidunker said:

I thought Katie Couric was my least favorite

Dr. Oz was my least favorite.


Didnt see him but you are probably right. What is the purpose of all these guest hosts? Are they going to survey viewers? Just pick someone my god get a search firm. Knowlton knows one.
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oskidunker said:

01Bear said:

oskidunker said:

I thought Katie Couric was my least favorite

Dr. Oz was my least favorite.


Didnt see him but you are probably right. What is the purpose of all these guest hosts? Are they going to survey viewers? Just pick someone my god get a search firm. Knowlton knows one.


Ehh....you want somebody who works. If you pick somebody right away, then they'll be living in Trebek's shadow. This way, you put some distance between his death and the next permanent host. And you get to see how people actually perform

A day or so after Alex Trebek's death, The New York Post floated George Stephanoupoulos as Trebek's permanent replacement, reporting that he's been lobbying for the gig. Heck, Howard Stern, who's friends with George, has been plugging him for the gig for a few years now.

What if they just immediately named Stephanoupoulos as the new host and he was terrible and/or viewers hated him?

This isn't like Drew Carey replacing Bob Barker. (Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards, incidentally, lost out to Carey for that job, but ended up becoming The Price is Right's executive producer.)
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Bobodeluxe said:

The reviews are in
Was he "horrible"?
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okaydo said:

oskidunker said:

01Bear said:

oskidunker said:

I thought Katie Couric was my least favorite

Dr. Oz was my least favorite.


Didnt see him but you are probably right. What is the purpose of all these guest hosts? Are they going to survey viewers? Just pick someone my god get a search firm. Knowlton knows one.


Ehh....you want somebody who works. If you pick somebody right away, then they'll be living in Trebek's shadow. This way, you put some distance between his death and the next permanent host. And you get to see how people actually perform

A day or so after Alex Trebek's death, The New York Post floated George Stephanoupoulos as Trebek's permanent replacement, reporting that he's been lobbying for the gig. Heck, Howard Stern, who's friends with George, has been plugging him for the gig for a few years now.

What if they just immediately named Stephanoupoulos as the new host and he was terrible and/or viewers hated him?

This isn't like Drew Carey replacing Bob Barker. (Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards, incidentally, lost out to Carey for that job, but ended up becoming The Price is Right's executive producer.)


I agree with okaydo. It's likely to put some distance between the new host and Alex Trebek. Additionally, there was a groundswell of support for Levar Burton to be the next _Jeopardy_ host in the aftermath of Trebek's death. The producers of the show and ABC probably didn't want to alienate viewers who supported Burton as host by immediately handing the job to someone else.

As such, I'm skeptical the show's producers do not have a permanent host lined up. I highly suspect the use of guest hosts is intended to do all of the above as well as to drive ratings (the novelty of the guest host probably helps draw in new viewers).

Still, there's a part of me hoping that these guest hosts are essentially auditioning to be the new host. If so, I'm hoping Aaron Rodgers gets the position, just so we can hear him say "Go Bears!" on the show. He's been a guest host for three episodes now, he's said it all three times! I'm also hoping to hear him say "Suck it Furd!" but that might be a little too over the top.
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AR doing a great job! More Cal mentions and having some laughs with the contestants and the audience. Loving it.
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