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Kniwt

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Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« on: September 09, 2022, 02:38:30 PM »
Wacthing P+ and Tom talking about Allen hopefully being back soon, I started trying to think of the last time a "major" GS had a substitute host that wasn't part of a "stunt." (By "major" I mean one that's generally known and probably network/syndie, not some community-access show in Windswept Acres, Nebraska. And a "stunt" is like host-swap day on GSN.)

These days, if a host is unavailable, production just simply shuts down and repeats are aired if needed, yes?

I'll open the bidding with Jim Peck on TJW, 1984.

Edit to add: Of course J! and Wheel are current/recent; I guess my mind stopped working in 2000. :)
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TLEberle

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Re: Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2022, 02:48:01 PM »
Vanna White for Pat Sajak’s emergency surgery seems to fit the definition. Meredith Vieira had a raft of substitutes who would take a week at a time.
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Re: Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2022, 02:51:44 PM »
Wouldn't the myriad of Jeopardy guest hosts prior to Mayim & Ken becoming permanent fixtures count?
Going back a little further to TJW, Jim also subbed for Bill when he was under the weather in 1986. Let's also not forget Geoff in for Monty on LMaD.

thomas_meighan

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Re: Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2022, 05:47:37 PM »
Also Jamie Farr for Tom Kennedy on “Wordplay” in 1987.

Edit to add: And Mark Goodson for two days of “To Tell the Truth” in 1991.

WilliamPorygon

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Re: Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2022, 06:25:13 PM »
Merideth Vieira had guest hosts fill in for her somewhat regularly during her run hosting Millionaire.

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Re: Who was the 'last' substitute host on a major show?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2022, 10:28:24 PM »
Merideth Vieira had guest hosts fill in for her somewhat regularly during her run hosting Millionaire.

This is probably the last case of bringing in a sub host being a standard practice. Everything since then has either been a one-off situation (Vanna/Pat) or following a host's departure (Trebek).