The very temporary Mike Richards period on Jeopardy! started on Monday because the beleaguered recreation present handled the embarrassment of opening its thirty eighth season with a number that its followers already know is toast.
Richards stepped down as Alex Trebek’s alternative on August 20 and was ousted because the present’s govt producer every week and a half later, after it was found podcasts he had made in 2013 and 2014 contained demeaning remarks about girls and minorities.
His choice as host by Sony Footage Tv after a prolonged run of tryouts by different personalities was already unpopular with followers earlier than the outdated podcasts surfaced.
His ouster got here after he had accomplished every week’s value of taping exhibits for the brand new season, and Sony couldn’t redo them with out affecting the sport’s integrity.
Richards was launched as host on Monday by a downcast-sounding announcer, Johnny Gilbert. Not a phrase was talked about of his standing as Trebek’s alternative; if it had been initially, it was reduce out.
Earlier than he was launched, it was famous that Trebek’s widow and kids had been available for the stage’s dedication to its outdated host, who died of cancer final October.
“For the primary time on the Alex Trebek stage, let’s play ’Jeopardy!,” Richards mentioned.
Consistent with Trebek’s custom — he thought of the sport and its gamers the star — Richards typically took a backseat to the motion.
The present is within the midst of a historic run by Matt Amodio, a PhD pupil from New Haven, Connecticut. He gained his nineteenth straight recreation on Monday, growing his whole winnings to $642,601, behind solely Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
Amodio made fast work of rivals Amde Mengistu of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gabbie Kim, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, profitable $67,800 on Monday.
Jeopardy! subsequent week will carry actress Mayim Bialik again as visitor host earlier than starting one other sequence of tryouts for Trebek’s everlasting alternative.
The Richards period will finish after 5 exhibits. Trebek, who started in 1984, totalled greater than 8,200.