Katie Couric becomes first female ‘Jeopardy!’ host on International Women’s Day: ‘I was a nervous wreck’


Katie Couric made history on International Women’s Day as she became the first female host in “Jeopardy!” history.

Since Alex Trebek’s death following a battle with pancreatic cancer, Ken Jennings and the show’s executive producer Mike Richards have hosted the popular game show.

Couric, who hosts the show from March 8-19, told People that she loves being the first female host.

“They framed a little thing for me after I was on,” Couric said. “It says, ‘What iconic journalist and Stand Up to Cancer founder is the first female guest host of Jeopardy!?’ And then it says, ‘Who is Katie Couric?’”

The 64-year-old journalist said adding this new gig to her resume has been on her bucket list.

She explained how it was special because she is raising funds for pancreatic cancer research during her time as host. Couric said that the disease took the life of her sister, Emily, as well as that of Alex Trebek.

Couric said that producers on the show matched the winnings during her time as host, so she could donate money to Stand Up to Cancer.

“They are focused on pancreatic cancer research, so I did that in honor of Alex and Emily,” Couric added.

Couric also said how she was excited to host the show, but she was very nervous.

“I was a nervous wreck, honestly,” Couric said.

Couric said there is a lot of multitasking to do when hosting, but regardless, the show host said she had so much fun. She thanked all of the producers of “Jeopardy!” that helped her.

“[Alex Trebek] is so missed,” she said. “He was so beloved.”

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