Katie Couric’s ‘polarizing’ comments have ‘Jeopardy!’ producers ‘worried’ ahead of hosting gig: Report

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A new report claims “Jeopardy!” producers are concerned over recent controversial comments made by Katie Couric, as she’s set to co-host the long-running game show.

Last week, Couric appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" and discussed her thoughts on the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th.

During the episode, the former “Today” show host called out congressional Republicans who pushed disinformation about election fraud.

“But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie,” she said. “And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

It’s those comments that allegedly have “Jeopardy!” producers “worried.”

“Katie’s comments so soon after she was announced as a host are very concerning to the producers,” a “Jeopardy!” source told Page Six.  “They are worried there will be a backlash against her. There has already been some complaints.”

“Jeopardy viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there’s fears she might be too polarizing after this. At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show,” the source told the outlet.

Following Alex Trebek’s death in November, it was announced Couric would join the list of rotating guest hosts, which also includes Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, and Mayim Bialik.

While the exact date has not been announced, Couric’s week-long run as host will make it the first time the show has been hosted by a woman.

In regards to the alleged controversy over her comments, neither Couric nor “Jeopardy!” producers have made any official statement.

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