One of the bright spots from the last season of Jeopardy! was the Tournament of Champions. Buzzy Cohen returned to the show, but this time as host. And in case you missed them, Sony is re-airing those episodes now.
The show is headed into the semi-finals of the Tournament. To catch fans who didn’t see the first week, Jeopardy! released a video featuring some of the highlights.
Fans gave former champion Buzzy Cohen rave reviews for his two weeks on the other side of the stage. In fact, Sony reportedly considered Cohen as a potential successor to Alex Trebek at one point. He was eventually passed over for Mike Richards, a decision that blew up in the studio’s face.
Many fans are using this opportunity to boost Cohen’s chance to succeed Trebek as Jeopardy! host. On the show’s Instagram page, fans bombarded a post about Cohen’s re-runs with pleas on his behalf
“Make Buzzy Cohen the permanent host!” wrote person replied.
“Never thought I’d say this but Buzzy was by far the best guest host!!” someone else posted.
Ex ‘Jeopardy!’ Producer Hires Lawyer
Former Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards reportedly hired a lawyer after he was ousted from the show, Fox News said. The outlet said it appears he’s preparing for a legal battle after Sony remove him from the show.
Attorney Bryan J. Freedman of Freedman + Taitelman told Fox News that he is now representing Richards. Sony didn’t respond to this report.
Sony named Richards as Trebek’s replacement last month, but his tenure only lasted a day. That’s because The Ringer unearthed clips of him making controversial statements about women and minorities on his Randumb podcast in 2013-14 Richards stepped down as host, but he remained on as executive producer of Jeopardy! Though the public backlash against the show made it impossible for him to remain in the role, Sony executives said last week. Richards also stepped down as executive producer of Wheel of Fortune.
“I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately. We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened,” Suzanne Prete, EVP, business and strategy told staff members in an email.
Richards apologized for his previous comments on his way out.
“It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago,” Richards said. “Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.”
Mayim Bialik, who Sony picked to host all prime-time episodes and spinoffs, will take over as guest host until a replacement is selected. Michael Davies from Embassy Row will take over for Richards as the interim producer of Jeopardy!