Richards stepped down as Alex Trebek’s substitute on Aug. 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 ouster got here after he had accomplished every week’s value of taping exhibits for the brand new season, and Sony could not redo them with out affecting the sport’s integrity.
Samit Sarkar, a deputy managing editor for Polygon, took to Twitter final week to share along with his followers that he’ll seem on the present within the first week of Season 38, which additionally occurs to fall within the crop of episodes that Richards filmed earlier than getting the boot from Sony. He famous that the present appears to be preemptively scrapping any proof of the internet hosting debacle by not giving contestants the normal picture with the host.
“Btw, @Jeopardy! contestants often get 2 images — one with the host + a headshot. We every took a photograph with Mike, however have been solely despatched the headshot!” he wrote.
Representatives for Sony didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Richards was launched as host Monday within the present’s season premiere by a downcast-sounding announcer, Johnny Gilbert. Not a phrase was talked about of his standing as Trebek’s substitute; if it had been initially, it was lower out.
The previous substitute host’s time on the present could also be onerous to chop out because it comes throughout a probably historic profitable streak for contestant Matt Amodio.
Whereas there have been a number of champions within the recreation present’s historical past, none have received their video games throughout extra hosts than the 30-year-old PH.D scholar from New Haven, Conn. Amodio started his time on the present lengthy after the loss of life of Trebek, profitable game-after-game on the most chaotic time within the present’s historical past as a slew of visitor hosts crammed in every week. Thus far, his 19-game profitable streak noticed him discipline questions from Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, Joe Buck and Richards.
Luckily, Amodio lately advised the Washington Publish that, not like earlier champions, the individual studying the questions doesn’t issue into his gameplay in any respect.
“Frankly, the very last thing I’m fascinated with once I’m in the course of a recreation is who’s internet hosting,” he advised the outlet forward of the Season 38 premiere. “I’ve had folks say, ‘Oh man, you’ve moved on to your fourth host, that must be troublesome.’ And I’d say, ‘Effectively, you’re proper, however I didn’t even understand that, essentially.’ ‘Trigger I’m attempting to drag these actually obscure details out of my mind, and that takes all of the psychological vitality I can afford in the meanwhile.”
Going into Monday’s recreation, Amodio had received $574,801 throughout 18 video games, placing him in third place on the “Jeopardy!” all-time highest profitable checklist in common video games, behind solely legendary gamers James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings who received $2,462,216 and $2,520,700 respectively. Amodio’s efficiency Monday evening introduced him as much as $642,601. Nevertheless, these gamers received considerably extra video games than him earlier than their run ended. He at present sits at fifth place on the checklist of all-time most consecutive wins, so he’s nonetheless bought time to catch up.
The Related Press contributed to this report.