‘Jeopardy!’ Returns with Ousted Mike Richards As Host: Fans React
Richards was announced as the long-running game show’s new permanent host in early August following a months-long search for the late Alex Trebek‘s replacement. However, scandal surrounding Richards’ past quickly made headlines, including accusations of workplace discrimination and insensitive comments made on a 2013 podcast.
Just weeks later, Richards was removed as host but was scheduled to continue in his executive producer role — however, he later stepped down from this position following continued backlash.
Richards had already pre-filmed five episodes of the new season before his departure. And, as there is no way to re-shoot a game show that involves monetary prizes, these episodes are currently airing for the next week. The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik, who will present spin-offs and specials, is then set to step in for the next three weeks worth of episodes.
Jeopardy! fans were not particularly excited about watching a week’s worth of Richards hosting their favorite show and let their displeasure be known on social media.
“Hate-watching the premiere of #MikeRichards as the new host of #jeopardy. Is it just me or does Johnny Gilbert sound very underwhelmed introducing him?” wrote one viewer.
“Awkward seeing Mike Richards coming out to host #Jeopardy. No crawl or disclaimer,” another fan stated. “Thought there could be creative editing to work around eps he did. Take a deep breath, he’s only there a week.”
— Paul Vartan 🇦🇲🦖. 🇦🇼🇬🇪🇦🇿🇿🇼🐎🦞👀🍣🍯🧸 (@vartan84) September 13, 2021
Awkward seeing Mike Richards coming out to host #Jeopardy. No crawl or disclaimer. Thought there could be creative editing to work around eps he did. Take a deep breath, he’s only there a week.
— Bob Taylor (@omacolt) September 13, 2021
While Richards’ presence left a bad taste for many, the premiere did include a sweet tribute to Trebek. Before the show began, it was revealed that Trebek’s widow and children were in the studio to reveal the newly christened Alex Trebek Stage in tribute to the beloved host.
And now for the first time from the Alex Trebek Stage, let’s play Jeopardy! pic.twitter.com/GsMXY2RPKZ
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 13, 2021
Meanwhile, reigning Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio continued his winning ways, cementing his 19th win in a row, which puts him in tied fourth place for consecutive games won. His total winnings now stand at $642,601, behind only Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
19 wins makes Matt Amodio tied at #4 for consecutive games won! pic.twitter.com/HGEeuyL2Lu
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 14, 2021
Check out more reaction to Richards’ first night as host below.
Not looking forward to seeing Mike Richards host tonight’s Jeopardy. But ya know what would make up for it? An announcement before the show that they hired @buzztronics. Also, go @AmodioMatt, looking forward to seeing you again! @Jeopardy @SPTV
— Abby Smithey (@abby_smithey) September 13, 2021
Glad @Jeopardy replaced Mike Richards for his off show behavior…but he was a awkward host anyways and should not have been chosen even if he didn’t have other issues
— Brian Moe (@DamonLathe) September 14, 2021
My brother asked if we would be watching jeopardy this week because of Mike Richards.
— JeopardyBlindGuesser (@JeopardyGuesser) September 13, 2021
— AC 😷 (@ACinPhilly) September 13, 2021
— Robyn (@niksusnybor) September 13, 2021
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