Jeopardy! fans are split over who which guest host proved themselves at the host’s lectern the best. But when it comes to worst — or least wanted to succeed Alex Trebek — there is one guest host that seemingly stands out.
One Reddit created a tier list where they ranked the performance of the guest hosts. Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. Ken Jennings, CNBC’s David Faber, previous champion Buzzy Cohen, and actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik all scored an S — the highest possible rank. Green Bay Packers quarterback and self-proclaimed Jeopardy! nerd Aaron Rodgers scored just below them.
But if you scan to the bottom of the list there is one name in the “F for F**K NO” category: Dr. Mehmet Oz. And the comments were full of people arguing over the list, but no disagreeing with Dr. Oz’s ranking.
“Even through all the guest host drama, one thing remains true: no one wants Dr. Oz,” the top comment reads.
“Dr. Oz was actually fine as an announcer, but he was an absolute failure in keeping the focus of the show on the game. The host needs to be likable and trustworthy, and Dr. Oz is neither of those things. I still can’t believe J! offered him the guest-hosting gig, even if he and Alex were friends,” the creator of the post followed up later.
Even before Dr. Oz hosted Jeopardy! more than 500 former contestants along with hundreds of fans signed a petition to keep him from guest hosting.
“I’m writing, not to be snarky, but to sincerely register my objection to this show associating its long-established identity of fact-based knowledge with a man whose stature has become increasingly dependent on dangerous pseudo-science,” one person wrote on the petition. “Jeopardy! is very important to me.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Host Front-Runners Face Extra Scrutiny
One name you’ll notice in the tier list in the “D for Definitely Not a Good Pick” is Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards. Unfortunately for the poster, most news outlets say Richards is the most likely candidate. Though, Sony has declined to comment on the host search or any potential replacement.
But after Variety reported Mike Richards was in “advanced talks” to become the next host, lawsuits from Richards’ past resurfaced. Richards reportedly faced lawsuits from his days on The Price is Right, where he was a producer at the time. A former model named him in one of the suits as not bringing her back on the show after she got pregnant. Another Price is Right model reportedly accused Richards and another producer of sexual harassment in 2011. The parties settled that case in 2013. But at that point, Richards was no longer part of the suit.
Mike Richards sent Jeopardy! staff a memo denying any wrongdoing and confirming he’d been asked to be the future host but that no final decision had been made. . Variety obtained a copy of it.
“I want to address the complicated employment issues raised in the press during my time at The Price is Right ten years ago,” he said in part. He said the cases were targeting the show and not him. “The way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together…”