Savannah Guthrie Admits She Was 'Nervous' Filling in as 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host

Savannah Guthrie will be seen stepping into a new realm, when she takes on guest-hosting duties on Jeopardy! next week.

The Today show host has admitted she was "nervous" about becoming the latest star to helm the general knowledge quiz show, as bosses search for a new permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek.

Guthrie, whose pre-recorded two-week stint as Jeopardy! host starts airing on June 14, told People: "I was so nervous because I really just wanted to show how much respect I have for Jeopardy! and Alex—who is a legend and an icon for a reason.

"He's the maestro. And I know those Jeopardy! fans are picky, but I have to say, I'm just the fill-in so don't worry... I loved it. I had so much fun, but I have a day job."

The TV personality went on to joke that her guest-hosting stint will now make her a more impressive presence at parties.

"I was a terrible student until much later in life so there's just so much I don't know in general," she said. "But, what I learned was how smart everyone at Jeopardy! is—especially the contestants and the writers.

"However, I studied really hard. I read everything ahead of time and I hope some of those facts stay in my head so I can impress people at cocktail parties."

Guthrie follows a number of guest hosts, including actor Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings, NFL athlete Aaron Rodgers, and veteran TV journalists Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, and Bill Whitaker.

And while Buzzy Cohen, Sanjay Gupta, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck are among those who have also signed up, Guthrie believes replacing Trebek is no minor feat.

"I think it's such big shoes to fill," she said. "Alex was not only legendary in how he did it, he was legendary in how he conducted himself off-air and the family that he created. [He was] such a revered figure.

"So, stepping into Alex's shoes won't be easy, but I think they've got some really good candidates. I'm not going to name names."

Jeopardy! executive producer and showrunner Mike Richards confirmed last month that a decision on the new host will be made before the next season of the syndicated show begins taping later this summer.

"You want to make an informed decision," Richards said on The Journal podcast. "We want to go at this with real analytics and real testing and not just go, 'Hey, how about this guy?' which is kind of how a lot of these decisions have been made historically."

Trebek, who hosted the show from its 1984 revival until his 2020 death, passed away less than two years after he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

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Savannah Guthrie attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The TV personality will be guest hosting "Jeopardy!" next week. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic