“Baywatch” star Brooke Burns is sharing memories of what it was like to film a scene with late “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek, for the hit 90s series. The Emmy-nominated star had just landed a role in “Baywatch” in 1998 when she discovered Trebek would be making a guest appearance. In an interview with Fox News, Burns admitted she never saw the opportunity coming.
“It’s so funny … not something that I would have foreseen for my future, even working on ‘Baywatch’ as a baby. I was only 19. So in my mind, I was getting paid to go to the beach and really just get my hands wet for lack of a better term,” she said.
“Alex came on as a celebrity guest and he played a fisherman that Mitzi Kapture and I had to rescue who slips off the rocks and she loses her chance to become a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant because she’s now met him. So that was the storyline. He was very kind and very witty. It was really fun to get to meet him.”
During the interview, Burns, who has now established herself as a game show host with her most recent project being “Master Minds” on the Game Show Network (GSN), also spoke of whether she would ever host “Jeopardy.” The actress is among several who have been tipped to fill Trebek’s role following his death. When asked if she would consider it, Burns admitted it was something she would love to do.
“Of course, I love hosting trivia, so that would be an honor,” she said. “I know they were looking at a couple of guest posts and my dear friend, Mr. Ken Jennings, I think is first in line for that. But if they want a female to come on and test it out once in a while, I think that would be quite an honor.”
Jennings, who is the all-time “Jeopardy!” champion, was the first of several guest hosts to appear on the game show until a permanent replacement is found. Trebek taped shows in late October, shortly before he passed away on Nov. 8 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The final recorded episodes hosted by Trebek will air the week of Jan. 4. The episode was initially set to air on Christmas day, but “Jeopardy!” producers said the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s will now have top 10 classic episodes since some of those shows end up being preempted for holiday programming.