Nonetheless, the present’s historical past was not too long ago marred by controversy when the seek for a substitute for late host Alex Trebek led the present to rent government producer Mike Richards earlier than he was finally ousted from the position.
The saga is not fairly over but, as “Jeopardy!” remains to be searching for somebody to function a everlasting host now that Richards’ brief tenure of solely 5 episodes has ended.
From Trebek’s tragic passing to right now, here is a timeline of the drama behind-the-scenes at “Jeopardy!”
Trebek passes away (Nov. 8, 2020)
After a years-long battle with pancreatic most cancers, Trebek passed away on Nov. 8, 2020.
A beloved fixture of American leisure, the star’s passing devastated these concerned within the tv business, in addition to followers of the present, as he was nonetheless serving because the host of the popular game show.
Instantly after his dying, questions arose about how the present will transfer ahead.
Trebek’s remaining episode (Jan. 8, 2021)
Some sport exhibits movie prematurely, and Trebek had taped a number of months’ value of episodes earlier than his passing.
His remaining episode aired in early January 2021, and whereas the present had introduced their plans to have visitor hosts fill in till a substitute was named, the present’s future was unclear.
Per week later, on Jan. 11, 2021, famed “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings served as the primary of a number of visitor hosts.
Mike Richards’ first episode (Feb. 22, 2021)
After a protracted guest-hosting stint from Jennings, it was time to maneuver on and permit another person to take the wheel.
First up was Richards, who was working as an government producer on each “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
Extra visitor hosts (March-Sept. 2021)
Within the coming months, the crew behind “Jeopardy!” had the tough process of discovering a substitute for one in all tv’s most beloved icons.
In an effort to purchase time – and presumably to audition attainable contenders – the present elected to make use of visitor hosts to take over whereas they searched. Outdoors of Jennings and Richards, a number of different celebrities and business figures took on internet hosting duties.
The announcement (Aug. 11, 2021)
After trying to find months, “Jeopardy!” introduced that they’d lastly discovered Trebek’s everlasting replacements.
The present introduced that Richards would take over the first present whereas Bialik would host particular spin-off occasions corresponding to “Jeopardy! Nationwide Faculty Championship.”
Regardless of the present’s confidence in Richards, his casting was dragged online by fans and questions of the casting course of arose contemplating Richards would have been aware of components of it. Sony, the studio behind the present, has maintained that his position as a producer had nothing to do together with his casting.
Bialik largely managed to keep away from the backlash.
Scandals come up (mid-August 2021)
Not lengthy after his casting was introduced, a number of scandals in Richards’ previous bubbled to the floor.
Amongst them have been a handful of comments he made during a podcast a number of years earlier than that have been deemed sexist. He had additionally beforehand been named as a defendant in a number of discrimination lawsuits filed throughout his 10-year run as government producer of the “The Value Is Proper,” per Variety.
Such scandals induced an uproar amongst followers of the present, in addition to these invested within the seek for a brand new host.
Richards steps down (Aug. 20)
Inside days of asserting his casting, Richards stepped down from his new role as host.
When he introduced his departure, Richards stated that his previous had change into a “distraction” for the followers and stated that him remaining host was “not the fitting transfer for the present.”
The short turnaround stunned folks preserving tabs on the scenario, particularly because it appeared “Jeopardy!” was again at sq. one as they resumed the search for a permanent host.
Bialik is again (Aug. 23, 2021)
“Jeopardy!” discovered themselves in a troublesome spot as soon as once more after Richards filmed solely 5 episodes as host earlier than stepping down.
Fortunately, the studio known as on Bialik for assist, and she or he agreed to guest host for a time whereas executives discovered a sport plan for locating a brand new host.
Richards is not out fully (Aug. 25, 2021)
After asserting that he wouldn’t host “Jeopardy!,” questions arose concerning Richards’ place as an government producer on the present.
Such questions have been answered in an Aug. 25, 2020 article from the New York Instances, during which it was reported that Sony’s prime tv government, Ravi Ahuja, confirmed to colleagues that Richards would not lose his behind-the-scenes gig.
It was additionally revealed that Richards would take sensitivity coaching.
Richards is out fully in any case (Aug. 31, 2021)
When the strain and controversy over Richards’ involvement with “Jeopardy!” didn’t dissipate after he stepped down as host, the choice was made to end his relationship with Sony entirely.
On Aug. 31, 2021, it was introduced that Richards would now not work as an government producer on “Jeopardy!” or “Wheel of Fortune.”
“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host place at Jeopardy! it might have minimized the disruption and inner difficulties we now have all skilled these previous couple of weeks,” a be aware from Sony brass stated to staffers stated on the time. “That clearly has not occurred.”
Richards’ tenure as host (Sept. 13-17, 2021)
Earlier than stepping down as host, Richards filmed 5 episodes of “Jeopardy!” – a couple of day’s value of labor.
His first episode as everlasting host aired on Sept. 13 and fans took to Twitter to voice their discomfort with the scenario.
His remaining episode as host aired on Sept. 17, whereas the final episode that noticed him function government producer aired on Sept. 20.
Jennings units return (Sept. 16)
With the autumn tv season approaching with a lineup that features Bialik’s sitcom “Name Me Kat,” it was clear that “Jeopardy!” would wish to name in some backup to assist out with internet hosting duties.
On Sept. 16, the present introduced that Jennings would as soon as once more return to tag team the gig and change off with the actress when their schedules allowed.
In the meantime, the seek for a 3rd everlasting host is little doubt underway, although stories recommend that Bialik and “Jeopardy!” have a mutual interest in her taking over full-time.