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'Jeopardy!' Fans React to Robin Roberts's First Episode as Guest Host

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Good Morning America fans have one more reason to flip on the TV at night: Robin Roberts is Jeopardy’s latest guest host and she’s already crushing it.

On Monday, the broadcast journalist made her Jeopardy! debut, taking the reins from fellow GMA coanchor George Stephanopoulos who stood at the lectern last week. Robin officially joined a roster of celebrities, TV personalities and Jeopardy! prodigies who’ve helped honor the late Alex Trebek on the beloved quiz show.

Before her first episode aired, Robin reflected on the experience of keeping Alex’s memory alive.

“Being a host, being behind that podium, knowing all the people, all the guest hosts that have been there, but more importantly, knowing that man who was behind that podium for all those years and to stand there, something I will not forget ever,” she said in an exclusive interview with the show.

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After watching Robin host Jeopardy! for the first time, folks took to Twitter to rave about her hosting skills. “Robin you hit it out of the park. Your pacing along with your wit and engaging demeanor. Win win win,” one person wrote. “Listen, I have been hard on every guest host, but… @RobinRoberts did a fantastic job. Warm, Natural, Personal with the guest…When she spoke of Alex’s Spirit…The feeling….,” another added. “The switch from host to host is an adjustment but @RobinRoberts is doing a great job!” a different fan said.

Robin responded to this last comment by reassuring fans that the show was doing its best while searching for the new permanent host of Jeopardy! “I know what you mean,” she wrote back. “My heart goes out to the wonderful contestants who have to make adjustments with rotating hosts. But plz know the incredible Jeopardy staff/crew have handled everything with such professionalism and grace.”

Speaking of who could become the new permanent host of Jeopardy!, some viewers tapped Robin for the coveted gig. “Enough with the guest hosts … just give @RobinRoberts the job!” a follower commented. “This is so great! Can we get @RobinRoberts to stay another week? Or 5? Or however many are in the next few years?” another tweeted. “Robin did AMAZING and did Alex VERY proud 👏👏 Her genuine, heartfelt words about his spirit was all the feels and more #GiveRobinTheJob,” someone else said.

It’s coming down to the wire for Jeopardy! to pick Alex’s successor. According to executive producer Mike Richards, the new permanent host will be named by the end of this month or early August. Robin is officially in the running for the coveted position, in addition to the other guest hosts. LeVar Burton, David Faber and Joe Buck are still scheduled to guest host this summer.

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