Dr. Mehmet Oz is up subsequent on “Jeopardy!”
“The Dr. Oz Show” host, 60, will begin his two-week stint as guest host for the well-known quiz present on Monday following the November demise of beloved host Alex Trebek.
Dr. Oz landed the internet hosting gig to pay tribute to his expensive buddy.
“Dr. Oz is someone who was very close to Alex,” executive producer Mike Richards instructed 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 observe within the footsteps of guest hosts Ken Jennings, Richards and most not too long ago Katie Couric, who ended her two-week run as guest host Friday.
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“Jeopardy!” introduced it made a $230,504 donation Friday to Stand Up to Cancer, a company 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 throughout Couric’s tenure as guest host – holds additional significance. It will likely be designated to Stand Up to Cancer’s Pancreatic Cancer Collective initiative for pancreatic most cancers analysis, the identical type of most cancers Trebek battled.
Green Bay Packers quarterback (and 2015 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champion) Aaron Rodgers fills in as guest host on April 5.
Future guest hosts embody NCS anchor Anderson Cooper, “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, neurosurgeon and NCS medical adviser Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik, who stars within the Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.”
Some of those hosts will likely be thought-about for the everlasting slot, however “Jeopardy!” will take its time and should not exchange Trebek till the present begins its thirty eighth season in syndication in September.
Contributing: Gary Levin
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This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Jeopardy!’: Dr. Mehmet Oz starts his run as guest host Monday