Journalist Katie Couric has had her place at the lectern!
On Monday, the award-winning journalist commenced her two-week stint as guest host of Jeopardy!, making history as the first woman to take on the position. Couric, 64, has joined an lineup of celebrities who are filling in at the podium following Alex Trebek’s death from pancreatic cancer in November.
“Welcome to Jeopardy! everyone. It is such a thrill to be here guest-hosting a show I’ve watched and loved for years, and of course a real honor to help out as all of us recover from the loss of the truly irreplaceable Alex Trebek,” Couric said in the above footage, courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc., as she took the stage on Monday.
Couric’s hosting gig incorporates a foundation viewpoint — a gift equivalent to the hopefuls’ total rewards will go to Stand Up To Cancer, an association she helped to establish in 2008 that “funds and develops the newest and most promising cancer treatments to help patients today,” as indicated by its site.
In her opener, she declared that the show would “be matching the winnings from each show I guest host and donating that amount to the pancreatic cancer dream team from Stand Up to Cancer. So thank you Jeopardy!” she proceeded.
“Now let’s have some fun! Are you ready contestants? Let’s do this thing. Here we go,” she concluded.
Her first episode broadcasted on International Women’s Day, which the show celebrated on Twitter ahead of her introduction. “We’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with our guest host @KatieCouric,” Jeopardy tweeted alongside a snap of Couric, who will host March 8-19, on set.
On Sunday, the opposition show delivered the primary pictures of Couric as host, which showed her at the platform and looking into records in the background.
“New episodes of Jeopardy! continue this week with guest host #KatieCouric!” the caption said.
The New York Times top rated creator likewise posted on Instagram on Sunday, sharing a Jeopardy! sign about her forthcoming appearance.
“In 2021, this groundbreaking journalist & co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer Became the First Woman to Guest host ‘Jeopardy!'” the clue read, with the answer “Who is Katie Couric?” below.
“This happened,” she captioned the screenshot, adding the hashtags #whoiskatiecouric, #jeopardy and #seeyoutomorrownight.
The first guest host to take over after long-term have Trebek’s last scene broadcasted in December was Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, trailed by leader maker Mike Richards.
In addition to Couric, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actress Mayim Bialik and writer Bill Whitaker have all been tapped to have the quiz show.