Jeopardy! season 38 premieres with ousted host Mike Richards behind podium of iconic game show in pre-recorded episode… because the seek for everlasting host continues
Despite stepping down as Alex Trebek’s substitute as host of Jeopardy!, Mike Richards was behind the podium for the legendary game show’s premiere of season 38 on Monday.
Richards, a game show veteran as each host and producer over time, had been the second in a sequence of visitor hosts who stuffed in for the remaining tapings for season 37, following the tragic loss of life of longtime host Alex Trebek in November 2020.
It seems Richards have already filmed a quantity of episodes of the show earlier than his departure.
Some followers caught off guard: Mike Richards was behind the podium serving as host for the season 38 premiere of Jeopardy! on Monday
By August 11, Richards landed the coveted job as everlasting host of Jeopardy!, which got here 15 months after he’d been named the manager producer.
But then, a scandal surfaced, in connection to feedback he made throughout podcasts in 2013 and 2014 that contained demeaning remarks about girls and minorities.
There would even be accusations of poor office conduct.
In the working: Richards, 46, was introduced because the everlasting host of Jeopardy! on August 11; he can be out of the host job by August 20 after feedback he made, that contained demeaning remarks about girls and minorities, surfaced
He can be out of the job as host by August 20, which was adopted by his departure as government producer of Jeopardy! a week-and-a-half later.
Many followers of the show didn’t mince phrases once they acquired the information that Richards can be on the podium for the premiere episode.
‘Not trying ahead to seeing Mike Richards host tonight’s Jeopardy,’ stated one fan on Twitter, as reported by Fox News. ‘But ya know what would make up for it? An announcement earlier than the show that they employed [Buzzy Cohen as host].’
Scandal: Richards’ remarks have been reportedly made throughout podcasts in 2013 and 2014; he’s a game show veteran as each a host and producer; Richards was additionally outed as exec producer
Others shared their ideas on Richards as host after watching the premiere episode.
‘Hate-watching the premiere of #MikeRichards as the brand new host of #jeopardy,” was a standard sentiment, whereas there have been others who thought producers might have moved on with out ever utilizing Richards as host.
‘Awkward seeing Mike Richards popping out to host #Jeopardy. No crawl or disclaimer,’ one other particular person shared earlier than including, ‘Thought there might be inventive modifying to work round eps he did. Take a deep breath, he is solely there every week.’
Emotional farewell: The final episode of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host aired on January 8
It has since been revealed that Richards had pre-taped 5 episodes of Jeopardy! earlier than his left his internet hosting duties, which in line with these with data of game reveals might have been all shot in at some point.
Those 5 episodes will seemingly be broadcast sequentially this week, all of the whereas the seek for a everlasting host continues.
Mayim Bialik, 45, will function visitor host for a number of episodes; what occurs after that’s nonetheless to be decided.
The final episode of Jeopardy! with Trebek as host aired on January 8.
RIP: Trebek handed away on November 8, 2020; the longtime host revealed he was identified with stage IV pancreatic most cancers in March 2019