“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 govt producer and would-be host Mike Richards’ episode aired Monday in a pre-recorded phase. He hosted the present simply earlier than his ousting when some controversial feedback he made up to now got here to mild.
However relatively than lead with scandal, the sport present opened the episode with a candy tribute to late longtime host Alex Trebek.
“Earlier in the present day, with Alex’s spouse Jean, son Matt, and daughters Emily and Nicky, we devoted the stage in his honor,” announcer Johnny Gilbert stated. “It’ll now ceaselessly be generally known as the Alex Trebek Stage.”
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 stated. “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!”
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 fastened a practice amid Richards’ controversy.
“‘Jeopardy’ contestants normally get two pictures — one with the host + a headshot. We every took a photograph with Mike, however have been solely despatched the headshot! I’ll have extra to say later,” he wrote.
Present champion Matt Amodio spoke to the Washington Put up and revealed he’s not bothered by the internet hosting debacle.
“Frankly, the very last thing I’m eager about after I’m in the midst of a sport is who’s internet hosting,” he stated. “I’ve had individuals say, ‘Oh man, you’ve moved on to your fourth host, that needs to be troublesome.’ And I’d say, ‘Properly, you’re proper, however I didn’t even understand that, essentially.’ Trigger I’m making an attempt to drag these actually obscure details out of my mind, and that takes all of the psychological vitality I can afford for the time being.”
Episodes that Richards taped earlier this 12 months whereas he was nonetheless within the concentration is going to air as deliberate. Mayim Bialik will fill in as a alternative for him in the meanwhile. He was booted as producer and host from the present in August after his sexist remarks towards ladies resurfaced.