Katie Couric Talks About Becoming The First Woman To Host ‘Jeopardy!’

Katie Couric will make history on television tonight, by becoming the first woman ever to host Jeopardy!

The 64-year-old newscaster will step into the podium to host the classic quiz show following executive producer Mike Richards and Ken Jennings before that, following the passing of the show’s longtime host Alex Trebek.

Speaking to CBS Boston about her guest host role, Katie says that her message to little girls watching is that “it’s cool to be smart.”

Katie also revealed that she was very nervous about her guest hosting duties: “The last thing I wanted to do was come here and mess up and embarrass the show.”

However, that changed fast: “The thing is, everyone here takes such good care of you and it was such a relief to know that they weren’t going to let me look stupid and they were going to have my back and help me out,” she said.

Katie also revealed how she studied the show in detail when she knew she was going to be guest hosting.

“I love the show, I loved Alex Trebek. I was so inspired by him, especially by his courage toward the end of his life,” she says. “It’s just such an American institution and the opportunity to play a small part in the continuation of this show was just something i didn’t want to pass up.”

Check your local listings to see when and where Jeopardy! airs on television in your location.

Find out what fans thought about Mike hosting the show for the past two weeks.

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