‘GMA’ Star Robin Roberts Revealed Why She Was ‘Destined Not To Be A Guest Host’ of ‘Jeopardy!’

Robin Roberts is a fan favorite on Good Morning America each weekday morning. With several broadcast journalists like Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper on the roster for guest hosting Jeopardy!, Roberts seems like a natural to take over the lectern for a few weeks. The GMA star explained why viewers won’t see her manning the quiz board.

Robin Roberts wearing a pink dress sitting at the desk of 'Good Morning America'
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‘GMA’ star Robin Roberts competed in ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’

Roberts recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the subject of Jeopardy! became a topic of conversation. The GMA anchor praised the game show’s iconic host, Alex Trebek, who died in November 2020 due to pancreatic cancer.

“You’re on ABC,” DeGeneres noted. “How come you’re not hosting Jeopardy! Everybody is hosting Jeopardy!

“First of all, boy, Alex Trebek,” Roberts replied. “Just enjoyed meeting him over the years. I mean, he was just—in so many ways—just a beacon of hope.”

As for not taking a turn as a guest host, Roberts’ reasons were based on past experience.

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“I knew I was not destined to be a guest host because I was on Celebrity Jeopardy!,” Roberts remarked. “I was so bad as a guest, that I think that if I had been on the list, that anybody who remembers me from being on the celebrity show, they knew that.”

Buzzer blunders affected Robin Roberts’ ‘Jeopardy!’ game

In 1999, Roberts competed against Bob Costas and Keith Olbermann on Celebrity Jeopardy!. According to the Good Morning America host, her poor performance on the show was due to technical difficulties rather than lack of knowledge.

“I contest that it was the buzzer,” Roberts insisted. “I knew the answers. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

Roberts has another claim to fame when it comes to Jeopardy!, where she was an answer to one of the clues. Under the category of “Women on TV”, Trebek asked in 2012, “This co-anchor of Good Morning America was a hoops star at Southeastern Louisiana University.”

The ABC journalist was a leading basketball player for Louisiana University, averaging 15.2 points per game during her senior year, according to the Huffington Post.

Robin Roberts interviewed Alex Trebek about his cancer diagnosis

Roberts has been very transparent about her previous bouts with breast cancer and MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes). Trebek chose the GMA star to speak with in his first televised interview regarding his diagnosis.

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“I think I’ve learned that I’m an extremely lucky individual, because in spite of the fact this diagnosis is not a good one, I’ve managed to receive so much love from so many people,” Trebek told Roberts in 2019, as reported by the New York Times. “Quite often you don’t get that during your lifetime.”

Trebek served as host of Jeopardy! for almost 37 seasons, acquiring a massive fan base that offered their support through his health crisis. The void he left behind is still felt by Jeopardy! staffers and viewers.

“After you’ve passed, after you’re dead, people say, ‘Oh, he was such a good guy, we really liked him,’” he said to Roberts. “But I am getting all that before that event. It makes me feel really, really good.”