Before Dr. Sanjay Gupta made his debut as guest host on “Jeopardy!” on Monday, the celebrity doctor revealed the lengths he went to keep the clues safe.
On Monday, Gupta took his spot behind the coveted podium as the next celebrity to host the classic quiz show. Now, fans are getting the chance to learn more about his “Jeopardy!” experience after CNN’s chief medical correspondent wrote about the experience in a new article published on Sunday, a day before his premiere show aired.
According to Gupta, he realized that “integrity is baked into all facets of the show.” The show is so serious that production asked him to keep any documents that contained clues “in the hotel safe whenever I left the room.”
Additionally, Gupta adds that he was forbidden to share clues with anyone, not even his family or spouse.
“While I was given multiple show scripts, I wasn’t told the order we would tape them until just before filming began. And, even after that, the order could be changed again to ensure no one had advance notice of the clues,” he said.
“Even the contestants themselves weren’t certain when they would be called into a new show. There was a constant and purposeful shuffling of schedules and content to maintain that sterling history of high integrity. I felt it all around me.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reveals Integrity Behind ‘Jeopardy!’
Moreso, Gupta admitted that the show was highly particular about how contestants responded to the clues. If you’re a fan of the show, you know that the contestants must answer in the form of a question. Gupta confessed that if people didn’t adhere to this rule during “Double Jeopardy!” he was “told to ‘stare down’ the contestant until they either figured out their mistake or time ran out.”
In the piece, Gupta wrote about his primary goal while being a guest host. For Gupta, it was essential to honor the late Alex Trebek.
“Such an honor to be here. A life dream for me really, also thrilled to be able to pay my respect to the great Alex Trebek,” Gupta said.
Although Gupta is no stranger to the camera, he mentions that the gig was an incredibly emotional moment that stemmed from his childhood.
“I am the son of two engineers. Facts and data have always filled my life,” Gupta said. “And that’s what “Jeopardy!” is all about. Whether watching with my parents or now my own three teenage daughters, who like to beat me by the way, they are certainly watching right now.”
Viewers can catch Gupta on the game show on weeknights until July 9. He’ll be succeeded by other celebrities such as George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and LeVar Burton.