LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Jeopardy! is handed off to a new guest host. this coming week.
Tonight marks the commencement of Joe Buck’s tenure as host of the famous game show. Buck has covered championship games for 30 years as a sportscaster and considers hosting Jeopardy! to be a career highlight.
Buck’s hosting responsibilities are brought to you by Jeopardy! Season 37 comes to a close.
Also, Buck declared himself a longtime Jeopardy! enthusiast.
“I believe every guest host that comes in wants to put their own mark on it,” Buck added. “So if my is to have a little fun along the road, to lighten it up, to have fun with the competitors, maybe have fun with one of the clues – that’s how I’m going about it.”
Also, He claims that being a host has given him a fresh perspective on the program.
GMA’s Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, as well as actor LeVar Burton, have all appeared as guest hosts in recent weeks.
Joe Buck has made a name for himself as a broadcaster of NFL and MLB games for FOX over the years, but he started a new job on Monday: presenting Jeopardy.
Also, Buck’s debut show aired on ABC on Monday night, after he was announced as a guest presenter back in April.
He expressed his delight and pride in becoming the show’s host in his introduction.
“While I am ecstatic to be hosting Jeopardy, I must admit that being on this famous platform is a little nerve-wracking. For 37 years, Alex Trebek appeared on this platform. To say the least, it is humbling,” Buck remarked.
Buck has been one of the most divisive characters in sports journalism during his time in broadcasting.
Some people are very pleased by his work, while others are less so.
That’s why it’s no surprise that his conflicted emotions about his Jeopardy! hosting performance spilled over. While some felt Buck skillfully handled the program, others were less than thrilled to see him on their televisions.
Former Jeopardy! winner James Holzhauer had the greatest response to Buck’s performance. The 37-year-old used social media to make a remark regarding the sportscaster’s performance.
“I’m hoping my fingers it’s Joe Buck,” Holzhauer said on Twitter. Buck’s broadcasting does not seem to be a favorite of Holzhauer’s. Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be joining Jeopardy! anytime soon.
Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, has reportedly in “advanced talks” to take over as the full-time presenter, according to numerous sources. Earlier this year, Richards served as a guest host on the show.
Buck will most likely return to FOX Sports broadcasts in the near future. He’ll be on FOX’s main announcing crew with Troy Aikman as the NFL season approaches.