Jeopardy! announced their new roster of guest hosts, and it was met with some controversy.
The list of upcoming guest hosts will include Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
New names added to the Jeopardy! guest host roster:— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) February 3, 2021
• Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz)
• Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper)
• Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie)
• Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta)https://t.co/Q9xS3bz5cS pic.twitter.com/j1vb6mXVmZ
Many people took issue with Dr. Oz being chosen as a guest host with one person responding to the news on Twitter, “Extremely disappointed to see Jeopardy, a show that has in the past prided itself on knowledge and facts, platform one of the most prominent snake-oil salesman who has repeatedly espoused false claims regarding medicine and science.”
Another person on Twitter responded, “Dr. Oz goes against everything this show represents. The decision to allow someone like him, a man who chooses to live in a world of lies for profit rather than one of objective facts, to host the show is a mistake.”
According to the show’s official website, “As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice. The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host.”
This rotation of guest hosts on Jeopardy! comes following the death of long-time host Alex Trebek, who passed away in November 2020 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.