Alex Trebek created an empire during his 37 years as host of Jeopardy!. But the show has struggled to recalibrate since Trebek’s death late last year. Now that executive producer Mike Richards stepped down as Trebek’s day-to-day replacement, the show is again without a rudder.
So, many Jeopardy! fans are saying it’s time to listen to the man who made the show a hit in the first place. No more market research or long, drawn-out guest-hosting stints. Take it from the man who was the show’s North Star for nearly four decades.
And Trebek was clear in who he thought should replace him. Mike Richards wasn’t on that list. No, Trebek’s top choice as his successor was CNN’s legal analyst Laura Coates.
A TMZ video from 2018 where Trebek says she’d make a good host is trending now that the show is again looking for his replacement.
Coates graduated from Princeton University and attended the University of Minnesota Law School, Yahoo said. She began working with CNN in 2016 and has her own Sirius XM show.
Coates hasn’t commented about the video resurfacing, but at the time, she tweeted she was “humbled” that Trebek even knew her name.
“Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I’d be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I’m a genius)”
Along with Coates, Trebek said L.A. Kings announcer Alex Faust would also make a good replacement. For some reason, neither Coates nor Faust were given the opportunity to guest host Jeopardy! last season. Though, there is a growing number of people online who want Sony to fix correct that mistake next season.
When Will Mike Richards’ ‘Jeopardy!’ Episodes Air?
Mike Richards only served one day as Jeopardy! host. The first day of filming for Season 38 of the show began on Aug. 18. That same day The Ringer dropped its bombshell of an expose of Richards’ past comments on his Randumb podcast that aired in 2013-2014.
Richards already had an uphill climb. Many fans were skeptical of him and other guest hosts had much more support. But after that report, which detailed several anti-semitic, misogynistic, and offensive things Richards said on the podcast, the dye was cast. It was clear Richards couldn’t be the permanent Jeopardy! host without risking tarnishing the show’s image. An image that Trebek spent decades crafting.
But Sony plans to air the five episodes Richards filmed as host. The show will air those episodes beginning on September 13th, when the new season of Jeopardy! begins.
It’s unfortunate that the behind-the-scenes drama has overshadowed the gameshow. Matt Amodio, who has won 18 episodes in a row and racked up $574,801 in the process, hasn’t gotten the coverage he deserves. He’ll be on the season premiere next month and perhaps longer if he continues to win.