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Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Aaron Rodgers, and Mayim Bialik to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’ this season

It’s the big money question: Who will replace Alex Trebek? These four give it a trial run.

Mayim Bialik, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, and Bill Whitaker will each guest host "Jeopardy!" this season.
Mayim Bialik, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, and Bill Whitaker will each guest host "Jeopardy!" this season.Associated Press

It’s been the big money question for months: Who will be the next host of “Jeopardy!”?

After plenty of speculation, “Jeopardy!” announced Wednesday that Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik will each take a trial run as host this season. Additional guest hosts will be announced later in the season.

“Jeopardy!” winner and consulting producer Ken Jennings took over as interim host on Jan. 11; it was the first time since 1984 that someone other than Alex Trebek ever hosted the show.

Trebek died Nov. 8 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. His final episode aired earlier this month.

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Mike Richards, executive producer of “Jeopardy!,” will take the reins for a two-week stint after Jennings’s trial ends, while the next batch of guest hosts gets ready. Jennings taped 30 episodes to date, according to a show spokesman.

“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” Richards said in a statement. “I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show.”

TV journalist, bestselling author, and household name Couric will make “Jeopardy!” history as the first woman to host the show.

Rodgers, a Super Bowl MVP, nine-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, and 2015 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champ, also will host, along with “60 Minutes” correspondent Whitaker.

Emmy-nominated actress and neuroscientist Bialik earned an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Boston University in 2014. The actress — you likely know her either as the child star of “Blossom,” Amy from the “The Big Bang Theory,” or Funkhouser’s daughter Jodi from seasons 5 and 6 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — also hosts a podcast on mental health, and earned her doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA.

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As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice, the show said.

Jennings had the tough assignment of coming in first, right after Trebek.

“Honestly, I’m with the audience. I don’t want me out here; I want to see Alex out here. I know exactly how they feel when they see anybody else behind this lectern,” he said in a taped interview for “Jeopardy!.” “But there are tens of millions of people who love this show. … I’m just happy to fill in and help out.”

Jennings weighed in Wednesday, retweeting the show’s announcement of more guest hosts, with a comment: “Okay, this is going to be fun.”

Lauren Daley can be reached at ldaley33@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurendaley1.