Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards is the second visitor host of the beloved recreation show following the demise of host Alex Trebek.
Richards, who changed Ken Jennings, revealed that he was stepping in as host due to the COVID-19 instances in Los Angeles.
He dished that future visitor hosts have been “understandably somewhat reticent to shoot.
“So, because the producer, my job is to fairly actually stay the mantra ‘the show should go on,'” Richards mentioned.
“So let’s do what Alex Trebek did 8,244 occasions: Let’s play Jeopardy! and show that nothing can cease this show.”
During the closing of the episode, Richards addressed the viewers with the next tribute to Trebek.
“I simply need to say, as Alex mentioned, we’re making an attempt to construct a kinder and gentler society. And if all of us pitch in just a bit bit, we’re going to get there. See you subsequent time.”
Trebek gave a robust speech throughout considered one of his closing Jeopardy! episodes, and Richards clearly took that to coronary heart in his personal speech in regards to the former host.
The sequence paid tribute to Alex instantly following his demise throughout an episode that aired in November.
“Over the weekend, we misplaced our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is a gigantic loss for our employees, crew, for his household, for his thousands and thousands of followers,” Richards mentioned.
“He cherished this show and all the pieces it stood for… He will perpetually be an inspiration for his fixed need to be taught, his kindness and for his love of his household.”
Richards additionally shared on the time that Trebek taped his closing episodes lower than two weeks earlier than, and that the show will air the remaining 35 episodes as they have been shot, “in his honor.”
“That’s what he needed,” the producer mentioned. “On behalf of everybody right here at Jeopardy, thanks for all the pieces Alex.”
Jennings was the visitor host for six weeks and marked his goodbye to the show final week.
“That’s a wrap on my six weeks of Jeopardy visitor internet hosting,” the GOAT contestant tweeted.
“Thanks for watching, thanks on your persistence with a troublesome studying curve, and, as at all times, thanks Alex.”
Richards might be adopted by Katie Couric, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes’ Bill Whitaker, and Big Bang Theory vet Mayim Bialik.
Additional visitor hosts will embody CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta., in addition to Dr. Mehmet Oz and Today’s Savannah Guthrie.
The seek for a everlasting host continues, and the show will announce one in the end.
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