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Ranking All of the Contenders in the Running to Become Jeopardy!’s New Host

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Fans Love Mayim Bialik’s Stint as “Jeopardy!” Host

We’ll take the most coveted job in TV for $800.

Since Alex Trebek‘s passing in November 2020, Jeopardy! has welcomed a rotating and varied lineup of guest hosts to fill in at his iconic lectern. Jeopardy! legends, a sports superstar, respected journalists and a Big Bang Theory lead have all had their opportunity to host the long running game show, with fans continuing to speculate over who will land the permanent position. 

And showrunners are definitely taking their time with this decision, a source telling E! News that producers are hopeful that their pick will be at the helm of Jeopardy! for many years to come. 

But which contenders are actually in serious consideration for the gig and who is already out of the running? We’ve got the inside intel on the ongoing search, including which of the upcoming guests they really are keeping an eye on before season 37 comes to a close later this summer. 

Here’s our ranking of all of the contenders to become Jeopardy!‘s permanent host:

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Ken Jennings

Meet the “top contender” to be Alex Trebek‘s successor.

Jennings, who won 74 Jeopardy! consecutive games in 2004 and received the title of the show’s “Greatest of All Time” in 2020, has long been the frontrunner to become the iconic game show’s permanent host. 

A source told E! News that the 47-year-old’s familiarity with the fanbase is a major selling point, describing Jennings as “incredibly popular former contestant with a face and name that is recognizable with the franchise.”

Of all the guest hosts, Jennings had the longest stint at the lectern, with his six-week stay delivering the highest number of viewers–averaging a 6.1 rating–and making Jeopardy! the top-syndicated show. The GOAT, indeed. 

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Aaron Rodgers

The NFL superstar is looking to go from MVP to MVH.

Rodgers, 37, took his time serving as the longrunning game show’s host very seriously when he stepped behind the lectern in early April. “Other than the Super Bowl,” he said in the teaser clip when his appearance was announced, “this is the honor of a lifetime.”

The source told E! News, “He came in wanting to prove himself and he did. He has made his intentions known, he wants this job. Aaron’s public campaign to be the next Jeopardy! host has only won him increased support amongst the top brass.”

Plus, the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s stint generated countless headlines, endless buzz and good ratings. The amount of attention he could bring to the show if he became the permanent host is “very exciting” for producers, said the source.

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Buzzy Cohen

Sure, Jennings seems like the most likely former champ to win the Jeopardy!, but a source advised, “Don’t count Buzzy out.”

The 36-year-old (a.k.a. Mr. Personality, a nickname given to him by Trebek) was brought in to host the Tournament of Champions, doing “an incredible job with the very difficult task,” said the source. And the former champ is beloved by the passionate fanbase since his nine-game winning streak in 2016.

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Mayim Bialik

Bialik made quite they, uh, big bang when she guest-hosted from May 31 through June 11, so much so that she is now considered one of the front-runners for the permanent slot.

“As a scientist and actress, Mayim brings a unique set of skills to the role,” the first source said of the Blossom and Big Bang Theory star. “As far as showrunners are concerned, her guest hosting run was flawless.”

The 45-year-old also experienced a significant uptake in viewers between her first and second weeks, with ratings jumping up four percent. Plus, producers “noticed” the positive feedback Bialik received on social media, with a show insider telling E! News at the time, “Everyone behind the scenes is thrilled that the audience is now seeing onscreen the magic seen during production.”

For Bialik, who is a neuroscientist, the warm response felt “like a dream,” she told E! News a in statement. “To be noticed and appreciated when I’m really just trying to honor Alex is so heartwarming.”

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Mike Richards

Richards joined the Jeopardy! family in 2020 when he succeeded the retiring Harry Friedman as executive producer of the series along with helming Wheel of Fortune. And the insider said he is more than ready to pull double-duty (triple-duty?) by adding host to his title.

“Mike wants this job, and he is quite capable of doing it well,” noted the source. “He has been watching Trebek for years and knows what works well.” And during the two-week period (Feb. 22 through March 5) he was in front of the cameras rather than behind them, Richards brought in a 5.9 rating.

The 45-year-old producer also has TV hosting experience and was a candidate in the search to replace Bob Barker on The Price Is Right before Drew Carey landed the gig. 

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

With the neurosurgeon and CNN host’s two-week trial beginning on June 28, producers are definitely going to be keeping an eye on the audience’s reaction and the ratings to see if the 51-year-old will go from what the source called a “possible contender” to a front-runner for the job.

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Robin Roberts

Given that the 60-year-old is the anchor for Good Morning America, it’s highly unlikely that Roberts would add hosting Jeopardy! full-time to her plate, which includes her new Disney+ series Turning the Tables.

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George Stephanopoulos

Like his GMA co-anchor, Stephanapolous, 60, is presumably too busy with the ABC morning show to take up a permanent resident at the lectern. 

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Savannah Guthrie

While a source described the Today show host as “bright, effervescent and incredibly well prepared,” the 49-year-old journalist also has a full line-up of gigs keeping her busy.

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Katie Couric

Naturally, the Today alum was a “great host,” noted the source, and brought in solid ratings, but the 64-year-old journalist has no interest in permanently replacing Trebek.

“It was a really fun thing to do,” Couric told the Poytner Institute in March. “[But] I love what I’m doing now. I have tremendous flexibility.”

Of her time at the lectern, she added, “It was a lot of fun, but it was a very tough job.”

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Anderson Cooper

It seems the Jeopardy! team was enamored with the CNN host, with the insider gushing that the 54-year-old brought “wit and charm to the role” and was “a lovely guy.”

But a long-distance working arraignment would have to be sorted out. Jeopardy! films in Los Angeles while Cooper and his 14-month-old son, Wyatt Morgan, are based in New York City for his various work commitments, including Anderson Cooper 360 and 60 Minutes.

Plus, after his two-week stint (April 19 through 30), Cooper attracted the lowest ratings of any guest host, delivering a 5.1 rating in his first week and a 4.8 in his final outing.

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Dr. Oz

The 61-year-old’s two-week stint attracted low ratings, poor social media feedback and a petition signed by hundreds of former Jeopardy! contestants who were opposed to the TV personality standing at Trebek’s iconic lectern. So we’ll take zero chance of this happening for $2,000.

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Bill Whitaker

While he was “wonderful” during his time on the show in May, said the insider, it’s unlikely that the 60 Minutes correspondent will be picked as Trebek’s replacement. 

Plus, Whitaker, 69, told The Washington Post he doesn’t have an interest in hosting Jeopardy! full-time, saying, “I love my day job, so this was just a change of pace.”

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LeVar Burton

In the months following Trebek’s death, fans championed for Burton, who hosted Reading Rainbow for 23 years, to be named the permanent new host, with a Change.org petition even being created. And in the final weeks of Jeopardy!’s summer run, they are finally getting their wish. 

The 64-year-old is set to fill in the last week of July and producers will definitely be keeping an eye on the response from viewers during his five-day run.

On his upcoming guest hosting stint, Burton shared on Twitter, “THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time.”

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Joe Buck

Fox Sports’ play-by-play commentator is set to host the final week of Jeopardy!‘s run this summer, but the response on social media to the announcement was less than warm. So it’d take a Hail Mary for the 52-year-old to score the permanent gig. 

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David Faber

One of season 37’s final guests, the 57-year-old co-host of CNBC’s morning show Squawk on the Street is unlikely to be tapped for the permanent job, per a Jeopardy!. source. In other words, what is an underdog, Alex?

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Word on the Street: This Is the Shadiest Real Housewives of Potomac Gift Guide

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Whether you’ve been watching The Real Housewives of Potomac since its debut or if you’re late to the party, we can all agree that it is nothing short of iconic. The shade-throwing is unparalleled, the meme-worthy material never stops, and these women always bring it. RHOP is finally getting the recognition it deserves and the best way to celebrate that (aside from watching the show) is with some Potomac-themed gifts for your fellow fans… or yourself.

If you’re the “baddest thing walking and the smartest one talking” à la Gizelle Bryant, we found jewelry to honor the catchphrase and even a baby onesie for the mini RHOP viewers in your life. If you channel Karen Huger as the Grande Dame of your city, then here’s the perfect glass for you. We even found the resorts and hotels from the cast trips just in case you really wanted to treat yourself with a Bravo-inspired experience. 

If you automatically associate Corona Light with Ashley Darby, you’re dying to know what was in Monique Samuelsreunion binder, or you are “so glad Juan Dixon is not here right now,” do your best Wendy Osefo-inspired slither through our Real Housewives of Potomac gift guide. If you miss out on this list, then you might have to blot your tears with a folded napkin just like Candiace Dillard Bassett‘s signature move.

Real Housewives of Potomac inspired Weekly Planner Page: Digital Download

Organizing your week and planning ahead can actually be fun with this RHOP-inspired planner. There are sections for your shopping list, to-do list, workout goals, and some cartoon renderings of your favorite Housewives. This item is available as a digital download, which means you will get instant access to it (no waiting for shipping!) and you can print it out as many times as you want. There’s even a black and white version that comes with your purchase. If you want to add your name or other personalized details, there are options to customize it for an additional cost.

Monique’s Binder of Receipts Journal – Ruled Line

Unfortunately, this is not Monique’s actual binder of receipts, but it does have the same tabs.  You can use this journal to take notes in class, write down personal reminders, or carry around some shady receipts about your frenemies. 

Real Housewives Potomac Heavy Duty Drink Alcohol Pouches With Straw- Set of 5

These drink pouches are perfect to sip from while you watch the show or for any social gathering. They’re decorated with Real Housewives of Potomac quotes, which adds fun to every situation.

RHOP Cast T-Shirt & Mug

This t-shirt has Karen, Gizelle, Robyn Dixon, Ashley, and Candiace’s faces on it. And if you love this design, but you don’t want a t-shirt, there’s a mug with the same graphics. It’s perfect to start your day with some “Coffee and Love” à la Ashley.

Wendy and T’Challa Laptop Skin

One of the most hilarious feuds of Season 5 was between Wendy and Monique’s pet bird T’Challa Samuels. Who could ever forget when he spooked her at the lake house? It’s just one of those moments that will always make you laugh no matter how many times you watch. This laptop skin is available in different sizes to accommodate several Macbook, PC, and Surface devices.

‘Is Jamal Coming?’ T-Shirt

The answer to this question is usually “no,” but it’s always fun to ask. This t-shirt with Karen’s super shady question is available in navy blue, pink, purple, red, grey, and more colors.

ENDI Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt – RHOP – Karen Huger

Gizelle accused Karen of wearing faux Fendi. Karen insisted that she got her clothes tailored and that’s why the “F” was cropped off. It doesn’t really matter who was right because that “Endi” confusion is just too funny. This “Endi” sweatshirtavailable in red, black, and grey.

Baddest Walking & Smartest Talking Baby Bodysuit

Start them young with this onesie decorated with Gizelle’s Season 4 tagline. It comes in pink, blue, black, purple, and yellow.

Juan Dixon Tote Bag

Everyone is glad when Juan Dixon is here, but this quote was instantly iconic, making this tote both fun and useful.

Real Housewives of Potomac Unisex Sweatshirt – RHOP

This collegiate-style sweatshirt is a comfortable way to rep your favorite show. It’s available in black and white.

Where Juan At? Doormat

This quote is the gift that keeps on giving. There’s no better way to welcome fellow RHOP viewers to your home than with this Robyn-inspired doormat.

Where Juan At? Baseball Dad Hat

Sure, this is (probably) overkill, but this quote will never not be funny. You might as well wear it on a hat.

Karen Huger Gizelle Bryant Bravo Sweatshirt

Karen is constantly uttering legendary lines. Who wouldn’t want to wear this quote on a sweatshirt?

Real Housewives of Potomac Coloring Book

Give yourself some relaxation (and some laughs) with this Real Housewives of Potomac coloring book. You can color moments including T’Challa’s first encounter with Wendy and Monique whipping out that reunion binder.

Personalized ‘The Grande Dame of YOUR town’ Stemless Wine Glass

Channel your inner Karen every time you sip out of this personalized glass. You can put your town/city on the cup and choose the font color. 

The Real Housewives of Potomac Ashley Darby Don’t Ruin Your Momma’s Table Zipper Pouch

Ashley came for Candiace’s finances during an infamous Season 4 fight, where Candiace waved a butter knife around. If you want to commemorate that episode, get this zippered pouch. And if you really want to embody the episode, you can use the zip-up as storage for your butter knives.

‘I gave her a beverage’ magnet and mug

After Candiace and Ashley’s Season 4 screaming match, Candiace lamented that she “gave her a beverage.” This magnet is great to put on your refrigerator door and this mug is another way to relive that same moment.

Juan Dixon Pouch

If you’re looking for another RHOP pouch to add to your collection, here’s yet another item reminding you that Juan Dixon is not here right now. This is great for cosmetics, school supplies, and other small essentials.

Discovery Phase Apron

The cast ragged on Karen while she was in the “discovery phase” of creating her LaDame Fragrance. And who couldn’t relate to being in a “discovery phase,” especially when trying out new recipes? This apron is a must-have for RHOP cooks.

LaDame Fragrance By Karen Huger

Yes, Karen’s fragrance did come to fruition. It has top notes of fresh citrus and exotic spices along with notes of white floral, vanilla bean, and more.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Cast Names T-Shirt

This t-shirt includes all of the current cast members’ names, even the newest Housewife Mia Thornton.

Corona Light- 12 Pack

We had to include Corona Light on this list. It has become synonymous with Ashley Darby, at least according to most RHOP fans.

RHOP Magnet Set – T’Challa the Terror – Real Housewives of Potomac

T’Challa made such an impact on the Potomac ladies. These magnets are a humorous way to commemorate T’Challa’s interactions with the Housewives.

Gizelle Bryant Real Housewives of Potomac Card

If you have a friend who’s the “word on the street” this is the card you need to give them. It’s blank on the inside, so you can get a bunch of them to celebrate birthdays and other life milestones.

Word on the street is – I’m the word on the street Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee

Potomac fans know how much Gizelle loves the phrase “word on the street.” If you feel like you are the word on the street, then this is a t-shirt that you need.

Karen Huger Side Eye

Karen gives the best side eye. Put this sticker on your laptop, water bottle, or notebook to give yourself a laugh whenever you need one.

‘Baddest Thing Walking’ Gizelle Bryant Bracelet

Gizelle fans would appreciate this bracelet that celebrates one of her most memorable quotes.

Candiace’s Tears Stemless Wine Glass – RHOP

We’ve seen Candiace dab her tears with a folded napkin more times than we can count. This cup doesn’t come with a folded napkin though… unfortunately.

Candiace Crying Card

Any Real Housewives of Potomac fan would love to receive this card. More tears than Candiace means that someone misses you an awful lot.

My Word by Gizelle Bryant

Technically, this book is a fictional story about a First Lady of a megachurch. But, considering how much this mirrors Gizelle’s own life, it’s hard to read it and not wonder which parts were inspired by her time in this role.

Karen Huger – Grand Dame Throne Funny Happy Birthday Friend Card

Karen’s video invitation inviting her co-stars to her party via throne was just so Karen. This birthday card celebrates the grand dames in your friend group.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Printable Bingo Bundle

This bundle includes 10 different BINGO cards. Five cards are for general play and can be used while watching the various Real Housewives shows. The other five cards include specific content geared towards the RHOP, which makes watching the show even more fun.

Real Housewives of Potomac ‘Iconic’ Shirt

If you know you know. This shirt symbolizes so many iconic RHOP moments. It’s a must-have item for super fans of the series.

Juan Dixon Maryland Terrapins Original Retro Brand 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament March Madness Final Four Commemorative Classic Jersey

If Juan is your favorite House Husband, then you should rock his jersey from back in the day.

RHOP Real Housewives of Potomac Slither Bracelet

Any mention of the Wendy slither is a guaranteed laugh. If you want to make sure you’re always in a jovial mood, this bracelet also comes in gold.

If you want to take your Real Housewives of Potomac-inspired purchases to another level, book a trip at one of these hotels and resorts from their cast trips throughout the years:

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Camila Cabello Responds to Backlash After Her Dancer Is Accused of Blackface

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Camila Cabello is setting the record straight. 

Over the weekend, the Grammy winner addressed accusations that one of her backup dancers performed in blackface. The pop star recently took center stage during an appearance on The Tonight Show, where she performed her new single, “Don’t Go Yet.”

For the set, Camila and her backup dancers appeared to channel the ’80s with colorful props, Miami Vice-inspired outfits and beauty looks from the era. Following the performance, however, many took to social media to criticize the heavy makeup worn on stage, specifically by dancer Dylan Pearce.

As one Twitter user wrote, “Camila what was going on with Dylan’s makeup?…having a dancer do blackface on stage in 2021 is absurd and you know better than that! say something immediately.”

The former Fifth Harmony member issued a statement shortly after receiving criticism.

“hey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan,” she wrote on Saturday, July 24. “we purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin.”

“There are white people, African American people, latin people, etc.,” the “Havana” singer explained, adding, “the point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80’s character just like in the video, including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan.”

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Additionally, Camila re-posted a photo of her backup dancer in his get-up that was originally shared on Dylan’s Instagram Stories.

“In case you missed my spray tan last night on @jimmyfallon with @camila_cabello,” the choreographer captioned his post, which has since expired. At this time, Dylan hasn’t publicly addressed the backlash regarding his onstage makeup.

In a separate post, Camila reiterated that she and her team strive to create a positive space.

“On my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week,” she expressed on Twitter. “none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support.”

E! News has reached out to the star’s reps for comment, as well as Dylan, but we have yet to receive a response from either.

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Outer Banks’ Chase Stokes Explains Why He Was Kicked Out of Elton John’s Oscars Party

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We think it’s gonna be a long, long time till Chase Stokes gets to make another appearance at Elton John‘s famed post-Oscars shindig

The 28-year-old Outer Banks star swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, July 22. During the visit, guest host Anthony Anderson brought up Chase’s humble beginnings as a struggling actor in Los Angeles prior to landing his career-defining role on the popular Netflix series that launches its second season next week

Indeed, Chase recalled that he lived in a parking structure at the famed intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. “off and on for about two months” while he struggled to make ends meet as a thespian. As it turned out, he had a strategy for where to park his car before falling asleep in the backseat. 

“You don’t want to park in the corner, right?” Chase explained. “Because then all of a sudden, the parking attendant is like, ‘That dude’s for sure sleeping in here.’ So every day, I would find a different parking spot, and it worked out. It worked out. I never got caught.”

When Anthony asked whether he was working at the time, Chase revealed he temporarily had a job as a cater waiter, but it ended quite unceremoniously. 

“One of my buddies got me a job as a waiter,” the actor recalled. “I ended up doing Elton John’s Oscar party. I got fired 15 minutes into it because I was watching the band. That was awesome, a really good time. I didn’t get a paycheck, so it was immediately back to Hollywood and Highland, and hopefully they didn’t cancel my L.A. Fitness membership. So it was great.” 

Luckily, everything worked out, and Chase fell in love with co-star Madelyn Cline to boot. Also, we’re guessing that if Elton had written a song about Chase getting fired, it might have gone, “Goodbye, Chase Stokes, though I never knew you at all.” 

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