The Green Bay Packers quarterback is one of many famous names stepping to to present the show following the death of iconic host Alex Trebek.
During Tuesday’s The Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio Channel, Aaron confirmed he would host the show after previously appearing on charity episodes.
He explained: ‘One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek and being able to be on Jeopardy! years ago, even though my outfit wasn’t the greatest choice …
‘They’re doing some guest hosting spots, and it’s going to be released here pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to be one of those.’
Greatest of All Time player Ken Jennings was confirmed as the first guest host, with each stand-in host expected to feature for a week at a time.
Monday saw the TV star makes his hosting debut and he made sure to bring the occasion with a heartwarming tribute to the longtime presenter.
He began: ‘Thank you, everyone. Welcome to Jeopardy! You know sharing the stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life.
‘Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close.’
Jennings continued: ‘We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace… really there’s no other word for it.’
His voice began to break as he added: ‘Like all Jeopardy! Fans, I miss Alex very much and I thank him for everything he did for all of us.
‘Let’s be totally clear no-one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek. But we can honor him by playing the game he loved.’
Trebek, who has six Daytime Emmy Awards to his name, had fronted the quiz show since 1984 and had been signed on to host the show until 2022.
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