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Couric makes history as the first female “Jeopardy!” host

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Iconic journalist Katie Couric made history Monday night as the very first host of “Jeopardy!”

The former “Today” host will remain in her guest role for two weeks.

On Sunday, the show released the first images of Couric as a host, which showed her on the catwalk and reviewing files backstage.

Couric guest-starred on International Women’s Day, which “Jeopardy!” also celebrated on their social media pages.

The TV reporter herself also posted about her guest role, using a hint about herself ahead of the show.

“In 2021, this groundbreaking journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer became the first woman to host ‘Jeopardy!’,” read the clue, with the response, “Who is Katie Couric?” below.

Couric’s hosting gig will also help contribute to Stand Up To Cancer, with the show expected to provide a donation to the organization equal to the contestants’ cumulative earnings.

The first guest host to take over after Alex Trebek’s final episode aired in December was “Jeopardy!” Champion Ken Jennings.

Trebek, the face of the show for 36 years, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. “Jeopardy!” opted to use a series of acting guests rather than immediately finding permanent replacements.

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