Monday night was a big night on TV… and no, we’re not talking about the NCAA Championship game.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers began his tenure as the longtime alternate daytime TV host, “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers opened the episode with a tribute to the late Alex Trebek, saying he was a “longtime fan” of the show and that it was an “incredible honor for the guest host.”
“I had the opportunity to do a lot of amazing things, but winning ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ (in 2015) and sharing the stage with Alex Trebek was one of the things I will never forget. ” said. “Alex was such a gentleman, so intelligent, so precise, I was amazed. And I will work hard to honor his legacy.”
No one was more excited about Rodgers’ welcome than his fiancée, actor Shailene Woodley. On Monday afternoon, she shared a series of videos on her Instagram Story promoting the show as they drove with their dog in the back.
“I have a very important announcement to make,” she says enthusiastically. “This dude here, this super sexy super attractive dude… is the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight.”
She involved Rodgers in the video, which added that there was “laughter, maybe tears, excitement, mystery, you never know.”
The two continued to do a live broadcast of Rodgers’ Instagram at halftime of the basketball championship game, answering questions from fans about the organization of the game show.
Rodgers revealed that his favorite category was the Bible, and that he spent “a ton of hours” studying to host while in quarantine in Montreal at the start of the football offseason.
“I watched each episode on Netflix multiple times, watched old episodes on my phone, I don’t know how to quantify it but probably 50 to 100 hours,” he says.
In response to fans who asked him if he’d rather win another Super Bowl or become the full-time host of “Jeopardy!” he had a one-word answer:
Another fan asked if he would quit football to host the show, but Rodgers said he had no intention of doing so.
“I just won the MVP title, I still have a lot of things in the tank,” he said. “I will always be playing and would like to host Jeopardy at the same time.”
“‘Peril!’ shoot five times a day, 47 days a year, “he added.” It’s 230 episodes and I’m working six months a year. So the other six months I would probably have time to shoot 46 days, I think.
“Oh yeah sure 100% you could do so much,” she laughs. “And you guys thought he was a soccer guy… nobody knows the real you.