Episodes of “Jeopardy!” hosted by “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts start broadcasting Monday night, with contestant winnings during her weeklong tenure matched by the game show and donated to the bone marrow registry Be The Match.
“A stem cell transplant saved my life in 2012,” Roberts said in a meeting posted on the “Jeopardy” website. She was determined to have the bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome.
“(I’m) grateful my sister was the donor. So many times that is not the case. People think a family member is automatic. It doesn’t happen but 30% of the time so 70% of the time you need someone off a registry like Be The Match.”
A contribution of $147,396 was made to No Kid Hungry, a mission of the nonprofit association Share Our Strength committed on ending childhood hunger in the United States, for the one-week stretch of Roberts’ fellow “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos as visitor have, which finished Friday.
“Jeopardy!” has given $2,041,416 to its visitor hosts’ charities of choice. The sum is controlled by the total rewards of the hopefuls during their weeks as host.
The show additionally coordinated the $250,000 thousand prize for the 2021 “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions and gave that add up to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless at the previous site of the Skateland roller arena in Northridge.
The acquisition of the arena was financed partially by a $500,000 gift from the late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his better half Jean.
Roberts said that as visitor have she wanted to bring “a little of the spirit that (Trebek) brought each and every time he was here in the studio.”
“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” executive producer Mike Richards said. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes.”