Athletes, actors and past winners among celebs to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: Katie Couric visits “The O’Reilly Factor” at FOX Studios on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Following the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek earlier this year, a handful of celebrities have stepped up to — temporarily — fill Trebek’s shoes.

The television program announced Wednesday that journalist Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actor Mayim Bialik and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker will all guest host the game show.

With each guest appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of the host’s choosing that’s equal to the cumulative winnings of the week’s contestants.

“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” said “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. “I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show.”

Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings has been guest hosting the show since Jan. 11.

Trebek hosted the popular show for 37 seasons, taping his last episodes Oct. 29. His final episodes ran the first week of January.

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