Journalist David Faber is winning fans over during his run as the Jeopardy! guest host.
Though many viewers on social media expressed that they didn't know Faber until his Jeopardy! appearance, he still got rave reviews after his first night hosting on Monday.
Others shared that they could see him as the permanent host, with one fan writing, "Who is the David Faber guy? I already like him for the job."
"Wait a minute... Where did David Faber come from? This guy is a natural. It's either him or KenJennings for permanent host," someone else posted following Monday's show, referencing Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings, who hosted back in January.
Who is the David Faber guy? I already like him for the job #Jeopardy
— Mrs. S ♔ (@TheReal1MrsS) August 3, 2021
Faber's ease on stage couls be because he's not new to the show — in 2012, he competed in the Jeopardy! Power Players Tournament and defeated former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Fox News anchor Dana Perino.
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He reflected on his past experience with Trebek in his introduction on Monday evening.
"I am so excited to be here. As a financial journalist, I live in a world of facts, and what I love is that that's what Jeopardy! is all about," Faber said. "Having also played as a contestant with Alex, I understand just how important it was to him that the players were able to perform at their very best. And I hope and intend to honor that standard as a guest host this week."
Ahead of his appearance, Faber told producers in an interview that he rewatched old episodes and "studied" Trebek to prepare. He added that the best advice he got on hosting was to simply be himself.
"Your amazing team here really just kept trying to get me to be myself," he said. "You know, there are not that many opportunities in the game — because the game is the star — to show a lot of yourself. And really, I wanted to just focus on the gameplay. But they did tell me to smile, to try to have fun, which I tried to do, to loosen up a bit. That was all great advice, to be enthusiastic, obviously, and supportive of the contestants as well."
Faber is the penultimate guest host before the show is expected to announce the new permanent host. Following his run, sportscaster Joe Buck will step in to host the episodes airing Aug. 9-13, closing out season 38.