Perhaps the weirdest week of episodes in ‘Jeopardy!’ history just concluded, but one constant remained — Matt Amodio kept winning.
The show’s new host departed the day after he taped the first five episodes of ‘Jeopardy’s’ 38th season, leading to what will likely stand as its most awkward week ever.
In order to save America’s most-watched quiz show, Sony must fire Mike Richards as producer and restart the search for a new host from scratch.
After trying out 16 different individuals, ‘Jeopardy!’ executives decided to appoint their own Mike Richards and actress Mayim Bialik as the new permanent hosts.
The past six months of auditions only served to reinforce Trebek’s subtle mastery behind the lectern, and illustrate the big shoes “Jeopardy!’s” next host will have to fill.
Burton’s performance as host was somewhat uneven, pushing the boundaries of a deliberately low-key show and with two notable flubs.
With guest hosts rotating almost as quickly as contestants, it will be hard for players to build up a sense of timing with the host, let alone any momentum.
Bialik’s combination of experience in front of the camera with a background in academia gave her an authoritative yet engaging personality as a host.
Cohen did a workmanlike job, but ‘Jeopardy!’ should have postponed the Tournament of Champions until the show’s eventual new permanent host is in place.
Whereas Trebek deftly glided across material, Whitaker exhibited a slightly stilted approach in his bid to become the new ‘Jeopardy!’ host.
One word generally described Anderson Cooper’s first week of guest-hosting ‘Jeopardy!’: Meh.
Between his New York-ish accent and his up-front demeanor, Oz came off brash — a shot of espresso instead of a more appropriate ‘Jeopardy!’ decaf.
Beyond the political controversy that went unspoken on-air, ‘Jeopardy!’ viewers saw the bubbly persona that made Couric a fixture on NBC’s ‘Today’ show.
Unfortunately, replacing a host who served for nearly 37 years brings attention to every little detail distinguishing Alex Trebek and his successors.
As we saw with Ken Jennings’s ‘opening night jitters,’ it’s going to be a tall order for anyone to replace ‘Jeopardy!’ legend Alex Trebek.
Here’s hoping we preserve Trebek’s legacy by following the advice he gave during his final week hosting ‘Jeopardy!’: Remaining kind to each other.
“Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings is trying to backtrack on years of insults hurled at conservatives in what some have speculated is a bid for the popular game show’s open host position.
Alex Trebek’s legacy will continue to live on through the seemingly timeless effect of game shows on American culture.
Vieira’s resume gives her the serious chops to host a scholarly quiz show while keeping ‘Jeopardy!’ far away from political food fights — the perfect combination.
Because he made them feel at home, Americans welcomed Alex Trebek into their homes, night after night, for good-natured entertainment.
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