While hosting the past few seasons of Jeopardy!
, Trebek had been dealing with increasingly severe health issues related to his pancreatic cancer
. Unfortunately, he passed away in November 2020, leaving a massive hole in the hearts of generations who grew up watching the popular game show for decades. In the months that followed Trebek’s death, the team at Jeopardy!
began searching for his replacement, knowing that whoever they would bring on would have big shoes to fill. Rather than just selecting one person, producers rounded up a group of unique celebrities to host the show in the meantime
including Robin Roberts, Anderson Cooper, and
Shailene Woodley's fiancé NFL star Aaron Rodgers
. LeVar Burton was among the guest hosts, and became a fan favorite for Trebek’s permanent replacement. (Who better to take on the responsibility of quizzing America on obscure trivia than the very man who taught America how to read?)