Of course I was nervous, are you kidding me?: Katie Couric opens up about hosting Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! has long been a regular part of Katie Courics life, but the way she watched the quiz show changed when she agreed to be a guest host. Katie Couric has watched Jeopardy! a lot. . . It was something she and her late husband, Jay Monahan, enjoyed together even if he did come up with the right responses more often than she did. . . It would make me so mad, Couric said in an interview Jeopardy! released on Sunday. At the same time, I thought it was so hot. . . Jeopardy! has long been a regular part of Courics life, but the way she watched the quiz show changed when she agreed to be a guest host. . . I started watching it religiously, said Couric, adding that she spent a lot of time watching how Alex Trebek moved from category to category, and how he phrased clues or interacted with the contestants. . I loved the show, I loved Alex Trebek and I was so inspired by him especially by his courage toward the end of his life, Couric said. And its just such an American institution, and the opportunity to play a small part in the continuation of the show was something I just didnt want to pass up. . . Couric will serve as the first female guest host of Jeopardy! from March 8 to March 19. Her upcoming stint comes after Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time champion Ken Jennings hosted for six weeks and Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards wrapped up two weeks of hosting on March 5, the Deseret News reported. . As the first person to fill in after Trebeks death in November 2020, Jennings has said he was beyond nervous to stand behind the Jeopardy! hosting lectern. . . Couric feels exactly the same way. . . Of course I was nervous, are you kidding me? she said during her Jeopardy! interview, adding that the staff did a good job of helping her to feel more relaxed and at home. The last thing I wanted to do was come here and mess it up and embarrass the show, embarrass the people behind the scenes, and they just wouldnt let me, which I was so grateful for. . Courics Jeopardy! debut falls on International Womens Day. The journalist said she hopes that her time as guest host will help inspire women to embrace learning and gaining knowledge and send a message to girls that its cool to be smart. . . To be the first woman on a show that stands for excellence and intelligence and integrity is a real honor for me, Couric said. I think for a while girls would get to a certain age and they would sort of hold back because they didnt want to be seen as too aggressive or pushy or smarter than the boys. . . But I think society has really changed and were championing and celebrating smart girls and women, she continued. Be a sponge, be a lifelong learner and be proud of your intelligence and your knowledge. Its such a gift, and share it with the world. . . During her time on Jeopardy! Couric said she will make a donation to Stand Up To Cancer, an organization she founded in 2008. Its a personal cause as her late husband, Monahan, died from colon cancer at the age of 42, and her older sister, Emily, died from pancreatic cancer the same disease that took Trebeks life. . Courics donation will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants during the games she hosts and will be donated to pancreatic cancer research, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News. . . Following Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz will guest host Jeopardy! from March 22 to April 2. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will then guest host for two weeks starting on April 5, the Deseret News previously reported. . . Other guest hosts include Anderson Cooper, Today host Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta chief medical correspondent for CNN Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik and 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, according to the Deseret News. .

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