Aaron Rodgers is the latest celebrity to step into the role of Jeopardy! host and no one was more excited than his fiancée Shailene Woodley. The private pair appeared together on Woodley’s Instagram account, making it one of their only recorded appearances together and cementing their status as a super adorable new couple.
Woodley posted a video to her Instagram Stories on Monday, altering her followers to the fact that Rodgers would be taking on the hosting gig that evening. “I have a very important announcement to make,” said Woodley while also giving directions to Rodgers while she was driving. “This guy right here, this super sexy super attractive guy is hosting Jeopardy! tonight.”
Proudly showing off her fiancé’s tiny man bun, which definitely did not make it onto the Jeopardy! set, Woodley asked Rodgers what viewers could expect when tuning in for his episodes. “Some laughs, maybe some tears, excitement, mystery, you never know,” said Rodger. “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, miracles, true love! You never know.” After three and a half decades of Jeopardy!, we would think Rodgers would know to answer Woodley’s question with, ‘What is you never know.’ He’ll get there.
Woodley also shared several articles about Rodgers’ hosting gig, which went well on Monday night. The Green Bay Packer player opened the show with a touching tribute to late host Alex Trebek, who died from pancreatic cancer in November 2020. The 80-year-old Canadian had been the host of Jeopardy! for 37 seasons before his passing and a permanent replacement has yet to be found.
"I've had the opportunity to do a lot of amazing things but winning 'Celebrity Jeopardy!' and getting to share the stage with Alex Trebek was one of the things I'll never forget," said Rodgers at the top of Monday’s episode. "Alex was such a gentleman, so smart, so precise, I was in awe. and I will work hard to honor his legacy."
Monday night was the start of Rodgers’ two week gig as the host of Jeopardy!, following Dr. Oz and Katie Couric. After Monday’s episode aired, Rodgers and Woodley appeared together in an Instagram Live to answer fan questions about Rodgers’ first day hosting. The football star said he spent the beginning of quarantine in Montreal with Woodley watching hours of Jeopardy! to prepare, adding “I watched every episode on Netflix multiple times, I watched old episodes on my phone, I don’t know how to quantify it but probably 50 to 100 hours.”
Rodgers also confirmed that he has no plans to stop playing football but believes he could continue playing in the NFL and host Jeopardy! fulltime. “Jeopardy! films five times a day, 47 days a year,” said Rodgers. “That’s 230 episodes and I work for six months out of the year. So, the other six months, I would have time to probably film 46 days, I think.” Well, he can do math, which is probably a prerequisite to host.
Woodley, who still hasn’t learned much about sports (the couple were watching the NCAA Championship on Monday night and the actor described it as ‘golf’), agreed that Rodgers could handle both jobs. “Oh yeah, for sure, 100%, you could do so much.”
Rodgers also listed all the crew involved in making the show, prompting Woodley to remind viewers there’s more to her fiancé than ‘just’ an athlete. “And you guys thought he was a football dude,” said Woodley. “No one knows the real you.”
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