Tag Archives: Guest Hosts

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Significance of ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Mike Richards Resignation – The Hollywood Reporter

The columnist (and former ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant) argues that the media focus on Mike Richards’ insensitive comments misses a deeper issue with the host search that “suggests the problem may not be just a bad branch, but a rotten root.”

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, August 25, 2021 7:30am

THR Photo Illustration / Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions (3), Inc.; Sony Pictures Television/Everett Collection; Kris Connor/Getty Images

The focus on the sudden stepping down of newly selected Jeopardy! host Mike Richards over insensitive and out-of-touch sexist comments misses the deeper reason the show’s search for a new host has become such a dramatic public debacle.

The way the show’s producers handled the transition from the Golden Age of Trebek is just as insensitive and out-of-touch as Richards’ smarmy comments.

Even though producers recently announced the delightful Mayim Bialik — an acclaimed actor and Ph.D. in neuroscience — as the temporary host, their tone-deaf misstep suggests the problem may not be just a bad branch, but a rotten root.

Source: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Significance of ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Mike Richards Resignation – The Hollywood Reporter

What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues. – The New York Times

Following Alex Trebek’s death, a parade of replacements seem to be battling for the soul of the game — and the state of knowledge itself.

By Amanda Hess, May 5, 2021

By Cari Vander Yacht

On a recent “Jeopardy!” episode, one of the contestants, Mike Nelson, alighted upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Nelson — “an actor originally from Chesterton, Indiana,” as the “Jeopardy!” announcer Johnny Gilbert introduced him — selected an $800 clue that triggered a Daily Double.

It was Anderson Cooper’s first night guest-hosting the show, but Nelson had a different man in mind as he made his wager. “I’ve always wanted to say this,” Nelson said. “Let’s make it a true Daily Double” — and here Nelson closed his eyes and lifted his hands as if to signal for some kind of celestial field goal — “Alex.”

Source: What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues. – The New York Times