Jan 13, 2021
Jeopardy! announces new guest host schedule after Alex Trebeks death
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The lineup of new “Jeopardy!” hosts is so long, it could use a category of its own now.
Producers of the long-running game show announced Wednesday that Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik will serve as guest hosts this season, replacing Alex Trebek, who died in November at age 80 of pancreatic cancer.
Couric, 64, will be the first female to ever grace the lectern as host, the trivia show noted. Rodgers, 37, announced his guest host gig Tuesday, calling Trebek one of his “idols.”
“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” executive producer Mike Richards said. “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.”
Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest “Jeopardy!” winning streak, served as the first host since Trebek’s death. Trebek’s last episode was filmed 10 days before he died and aired Friday, Jan. 8.
Richards himself will also serve as host for two weeks of shows once the episodes Jennings filmed run out so the guest hosts can “prepare for their appearances.”
In addition to screen time on the game show, guest hosts will also help fundraise for their favorite charities.see also
“As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice,” said a press release. “The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host.”
There will also be additional guest hosts announced later in the season, according to a press release.
A permanent replacement has not been formally announced for Trebek, who hosted the show for more than 8,200 episodes since 1984. However, Jennings has been rumored to be the frontrunner, amongst several other candidates including George Stephanopoulos. Jennings, 46, even went as far as to apologize for past “insensitive” tweets, which many believe was a strategy to clear his name. Trebek even reportedly made several suggestions of his own behind-the-scenes, though he was largely reticent about namedropping potential successor.see also
Jennings, who hosted an emotional show Monday following Trebek’s last episode, said he got very valuable advice before Alex passed away.
“I spoke to him on the phone actually the weekend he passed and he was — he was frail but he was still very much Alex,” Jennings said on “Good Morning America.” “I remember him just being very confident in me to be a guest host if he ever needed that.”
Trebek also reminded him that “the host is not the star of ‘Jeopardy! ’”Filed under aaron rodgers , alex trebek , jeopardy , katie couric , ken jennings , mayim bialik , 1/13/21
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Yellen to Affirm Commitment to Market-Determined Dollar: WSJ
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(Bloomberg) -- Janet Yellen is expected to affirm the U.S.’s commitment to market-determined dollar value and give assurances that the U.S. won’t seek a weaker dollar for competitive trade advantage, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Biden transition officials familiar with her preparation for her confirmation hearing.© Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during her last news conference in office December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Yellen announced that the Federal Reserve is raising the interest rates by a quarter point to 1.5%. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, is set to testify to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. She’s expected to win the confirmation as Treasury secretary easily in the Senate.
If asked about exchange rates policy, Yellen is prepared to say, “The value of the U.S. dollar and other currencies should be determined by markets. Markets adjust to reflect variations in economic performance and generally facilitate adjustments in the global economy,” according to the newspaper.
“The United States doesn’t seek a weaker currency to gain competitive advantage,” she’s prepared to say, the officials said. “We should oppose attempts by other countries to do so.”
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