After LeVar Burton’s long awaited week as Danger! host, David Faber will be guest host for a week from Monday. Faber, 57, is a corporate journalist and co-host of CNBC‘s screaming in the street morning show. After its first episode, Danger! fans praised Faber’s hosting style, even though many are unaware of his day-to-day work.
Faber will serve as Danger! guest host through Friday, August 6. He is just one of several journalists filling in the late Alex Trebek as the Danger! producers decide who will be the permanent host. Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts have all hosted for Faber. He is also the penultimate guest host, as Fox Sports channel Joe Buck will close out the season with his August 9-13 appearance.
Faber joined CNBC in 1993. In addition to his work on screaming in the street, he also produces documentaries for the network. He won a Peabody Award in 2005 for the documentary The Age of Walmart. His books include: The Faber Report (2002), And then the roof collapsed (2009), and House of Cards: The Origin of the Collapse (2010). He previously participated in the 2012 Danger! Power Players Tournament, beating Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Dana Perino, notes: Esquire.
Enjoy already @davidfaber .
Well spoken, miserable voice, but above all he doesn’t treat participants like children.
— SharonG (@LvsAnimals) August 2, 2021
“Well, your great team here just kept trying to let me be myself,” Faber said of the advice he got from the Jeopardy! producers in a video the show released last week. “You know, there aren’t that many opportunities in the game – because the game is the star – to show a lot of yourself. And really, I just wanted to focus on the gameplay. But they told me to smile, to to try and have fun, which I was trying to do, to loosen up a bit. That was all good advice, to be excited of course, and also to support the participants.”
This man is a host. He pronounces everything well, he announces everything well, he has a natural rhythm. He definitely looks the most like Alex Trebec. No doubt. I have liked most of the guest hosts. I think they did a great job. But this man is a natural. Very well done.
— RCF4400 (@Capecod4400) August 3, 2021
Faber hosted Danger! at home with his friends to prepare. “A bunch of my friends showed up to be participants, to have me around, and then a few others to listen and critique,” he said. “It turned out to be very helpful in the end.”
He did an absolutely amazing job on the first night. Some hosts have taken a few nights to find their groove.
— Jessica (@lillolee) August 3, 2021
The CNBC host’s charity is the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City. Danger! will make a donation to the organization corresponding to the profit of all participants during Faber’s week of hosting. so far, Danger! has donated $2 million to charities picked by the guest hosts.
I thought it was the best so far. I think it’s best to have someone who isn’t a celebrity. He seemed so comfortable, not “trying too hard” like many other guest hosts.
— NancyE (@NancyE54451193) August 2, 2021
“New York has always had a lot of people who are struggling,” Faber said in a statement. “So I wanted to try and focus on my hometown.”
David Faber, after just one appearance in Jeopardy I’ve put you on my shortlist to replace Alex Trebek. What a difference it makes when a guest host is willing to do their job. Well done! Ken J. and Aaron R. are the other two.
— Stephen (@moineau182) August 3, 2021
“It runs well and flows naturally. My mother of 78 is enjoying it too, let’s see how the rest of the week goes,” a fan tweeted.
He’s the stuff dreams are made of as a Jeopardy host. Intelligent, handsome, eloquent, natural and fits well with the participants. Good job!
— Jane Hegarty (@roostersarecool) August 3, 2021
“I didn’t know him, but he does a great job! He’s natural and somehow soothing,” another viewer wrote. “Maybe a new favorite for me.”