“Jeopardy!” is again for its monumental thirty eighth season with a number that viewers thought they removed — and a tear-jerking tribute to its late beloved host.
Former government producer and would-be host Mike Richards’ episode aired Monday in a pre-recorded section. He hosted the present simply earlier than his ousting when some controversial feedback he made previously got here to gentle.
However fairly than lead with scandal, the sport present opened the episode with a candy tribute to late longtime host Alex Trebek.
“Earlier as we speak, with Alex’s spouse Jean, son Matt, and daughters Emily and Nicky, we devoted the stage in his honor,” announcer Johnny Gilbert mentioned. “It’ll now perpetually be generally known as the Alex Trebek Stage.”
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Trebek handed away in November at 80 from pancreatic most cancers.
After the announcement, the sport commenced with Richards, 46, main the present.
“We’re within the presence of a champion within the midst of a historic run,” Richards mentioned. “Matt Amodio is the third-highest ‘Jeopardy’ cash winner in regular-season play … For the primary time from the Alex Trebek Stage, let’s play Jeopardy!”
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On Sept. 7, new contestant Samit Sarkar tweeted that he has “the doubtful distinction of being 1 of the 11 contestants in historical past to have taped with Mike Richards as ‘everlasting’ host.” He additionally alleged that the sport present mounted a convention amid Richards’ controversy.
“‘Jeopardy’ contestants normally get two photographs — one with the host + a headshot. We every took a photograph with Mike, however had been solely despatched the headshot! I’ll have extra to say later,” he wrote.
Present champion Matt Amodio spoke to the Washington Submit and revealed he’s not bothered by the internet hosting debacle.
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“Frankly, the very last thing I’m fascinated with once I’m in the midst of a recreation is who’s internet hosting,” he mentioned. “I’ve had individuals say, ‘Oh man, you’ve moved on to your fourth host, that must be troublesome.’ And I might say, ‘Nicely, you’re proper, however I didn’t even understand that, essentially.’ Trigger I’m attempting to tug these actually obscure information out of my mind, and that takes all of the psychological vitality I can afford in the mean time.”
Episodes that Richards taped earlier this 12 months whereas he was nonetheless within the focus will air as deliberate. Mayim Bialik will fill in as a substitute for him in the meanwhile. He was booted as producer and host from the present in August after his sexist remarks towards ladies resurfaced.