What Could Go Wrong?
Joe Buck is the latest sports guy to get a stab at hosting Jeopardy! (potentially forever)
Aaron Rodgers’ run as guest Jeopardy! host has come to an end. It was filled with love, laughs, sick burns, transparent setups, and the Rodgers Camp making it clear at every step of the way that they were in it to win it (“it” being the permanent gig). Some felt Rodgers was a little stiff, while others lapped it up like the true Cheeseheads they are, but overall it was a mostly successful experiment that proved that Jeopardy! and Sports Jeopardy! can, in fact, co-exist. That said, Rodgers’ run has reportedly paved the way for something far more controversial:
Joe Buck (dun, dun, dun).
According to the New York Post, the longtime voice of Fox’s NFL and MLB coverage will begin his tenure as Jeopardy! adjunct sometime in the mid-summer. There’s no word yet on how long Buck’s deadpan reign will last, but so far the average has been around two weeks. If it does stretch on longer, however, it may be time to start preparing for the very real possibility of Joe Buck as permanent Jeopardy! host.
Each of the shows guest hosts—so far Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards, and Aaron Rodgers—will be in the running to become the late Alex Trebek’s full-time replacement at the conclusion of the year. That list now includes Buck, as well as other pending tryouts like Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta and Savannah Guthrie. How Buck will ultimately do remains to be seen, but we do know this:
There will be no Final Jeopardy mooning allowed.