Katie Couric, the popular media personality and online journalist, is going to replace the late Alex Trebek in the syndicated game show Jeopardy! Couric will return to TV as a next host to the popular game show after the episode hosted by Trebek will conclude airing. However, at the moment, Katie Couric is credited as a guest host until a final replacement is finalized.
The 64-year-old presenter had worked with all major three television networks in the US. She had primarily appeared as news show anchor in these networks starting from NBC’s Today. Couric kicked off her career from the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C. Later, she presented the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and CBS News. Couric in 2011 returned to ABC, where she anchored for ABC News.
The Emmy award winner also has hosted a syndicated talk show apart from presenting news. She reportedly hosted the talk show, Katie from 2012 to 2014, before becoming the anchor of the Yahoo News Global. Now, she will be appearing as a guest host in the upcoming episode of the game show, Jeopardy. The reports claimed that even though she has been credited as guest host, she may later replace Trebek as well.
Trebek died in 2020, after struggling with pancreatic cancer.
Mike Richards, the executive producer of the game show previously revealed that the show’s January 8 episode will be the last episode hosted by late Alex Trebek. The episode also tributed the works and life of the legendary television host and media personality Alex Trebek. Trebek has been in contract with the show until 2022, but couldn’t continue due to his apparent death in 2020.
Alex Trebek had hosted the show for record 37 seasons, starting from 1984. The Daytime Emmy Award tragically passed away at the age of 80 in November 2020. He had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for two years, which ultimately took his life. The next episode of the game show will air on January 11, 2021. Ken Jennings, the former contestant of the show will host the episode, while Couric will host in future episodes.