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Doing Some Catching Up On “Jeopardy!”? Here’s How It All Went Down

The most tumultuous drama currently airing on television? Finding a new “Jeopardy!” host is a good idea. but not the best one.

One of the longest-running quiz shows’ executive producers stepped down as host on Friday just a few days after his selection was first made public. ‘Jeopardy!’ personnel were informed of the change in a memo that was sent out to everyone on the show.

The pick of Richards triggered a social media backlash. Many notable guest hosts, such as Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers and Levar Burton, were passed over in favor of a well-reviewed but little-known insider, and the show thus missed an opportunity to make history in terms of diversity by appointing a woman or a person of color as host of a long-running television institution.

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

When Richards was an executive producer on “The Price Is Right,” three discrimination lawsuits were filed against the show’s workers between 2008 and 2011. One of the suits dropped Richards as a defendant; another action dismissed altogether; and the third litigation was settled out of court. (In an earlier letter, Richards claimed that the allegations mischaracterized who he was and how he operated on “The Price Is Right.”

A piece by The Ringer‘s Claire McNear on Wednesday, which revived ugly remarks Richards made against women, Jews, and little people while hosting a podcast in 2013 and 2014, appears to have been the final straw.

It became evident to Richards that continuing as host would be a distraction for the show’s fans and not the best option for the show, he wrote in a message resigning from the job of host on Friday.

Since Alex Trebek’s passing in November, the syndicated show, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, has returned to the rotating guest-host format it has maintained since. In the running for the role is Mayim Bialik, who has previously been selected to host the series’ prime-time specials and a possible spin-off.

‘It’s not like Mayim is going rogue!’ Mayim Bialik defends her contentious ‘Jeopardy’ tweak

Mayim Bialik, co-host of Jeopardy!, is fully aware that the long-running game is taken very seriously by its followers. Even she was taken aback by the online fury sparked by an apparently simple comment she made on the syndicated program and the National College Championship in February.

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

Bialik referred to the first round as “Single Jeopardy!” rather than simply “Jeopardy!” and received a barrage of criticism on social media. “People are very concerned. I understand, “In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Bialik explains. “And please accept my apologies; I’m doing my best!” (You may listen to our talk in the video above.)

ALSO READ: The Channel Awesome Scandal And Those Misconduct Allegations 

At the same time, Bialik — who co-hosts the show with Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings — claims that her “Single Jeopardy!” comment was not off-script, claiming that executives would have intervened otherwise.

“They would have made me recreate it if it wasn’t right. I hardly ever perform alone since there are so many things that we have to re-tape. There are a million producers, authors, and academics who are all listening to me if it’s not kosher.”

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

“‘What?’ they’ll exclaim every time I say something. ‘Do it once more.'” Bialik laughs as she continues. “Mayim isn’t going rogue, after all! Everything is kept under strict surveillance. I promise there’s something in my ear.”

Not for nothing, the “Single Jeopardy!” moniker has been used before: That dearly departed Jeopardy!, says Bialik. Alex Trebek, the show’s host, was known to use it on occasion. “I know it wasn’t the usual,” she continues, “but… it wasn’t out of the norm.” “I’m not going to do it again! I’m not going to say anything, even if it’s in the script.”

ALSO READ: Is It True That Rob Lowe Had Sex With A 16-Year-Old Girl? The Actor From ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Calls The Iconic Sex Tape ’embarrassing.’ 

Despite the “Single Jeopardy!” controversy, Bialik says she’s enjoying her time as a Jeopardy! host, which she’ll keep at least through the end of Season 38 and possibly beyond. When asked what her favorite aspect of the job is, she responds, “I love meeting all the contestants.”

“I enjoy hearing their tales. Some are professors, some are housewives, and still others are instructors. People of all types can hold information in ways that the majority of us cannot.”

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

Bialik also uses the commercial breaks to hear stories from candidates that would otherwise go unheard on the show. “I enjoy learning interesting facts about individuals, so I usually ask them about everything on their cards. I’m fascinated by people, and it’s been a blast meeting folks from all over the country.

I know that sounds strange, but I don’t meet many individuals, especially with COVID! I have my coworkers and my children, but I don’t do a lot of other things, so Jeopardy! is where I get to be social.”

ALSO READ: What Did Liz Cambage Have To Say About It? As An Australian Basketball Star Confronts Anger Online, A Racial Slur Incident Is Revealed 

Amy Schneider, whose current 40-game winning streak is the second-longest in the show’s history, is one participant Bialik wishes she had spent more time with. Schneider is also the first openly transgender contestant to compete in the “Tournament of Champions,” and the first woman in Jeopardy! history to earn more than $1 million.

Bialik was not allowed to host any of Schneider’s episodes in order to keep her streak a secret while it was happening in real time. She admits, “I didn’t even know when she lost until it aired.” “All I knew was that when I returned to work, she would either be there or not, because I take three weeks off every three weeks. As a result, I simply missed her.”

Nonetheless, Bialik is ecstatic that such a “groundbreaking” contestant graced the Jeopardy! stage. She notes, “Representation does matter – it does.” “This was a momentous occasion, and Amy is a delightful personality that everyone should get to know. As a result, we’re ecstatic.”

“It’s funny,” Bialik says, laughing. “We were talking about it, and I said, ‘Isn’t this amazing?’ I have a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old. And because they’re so educated and their mothers are clueless, I felt like the dumbest person on the planet! ‘We shouldn’t even be talking about it – that’s how normal it should be,’ my younger one added, I believe. So that’s where their generation is, and it’s like ‘Wow!’ for us old guys.”

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Doing Some Catching Up On “Jeopardy!”? Here’s How It All Went Down

The most tumultuous drama currently airing on television? Finding a new “Jeopardy!” host is a good idea. but not the best one.

One of the longest-running quiz shows’ executive producers stepped down as host on Friday just a few days after his selection was first made public. ‘Jeopardy!’ personnel were informed of the change in a memo that was sent out to everyone on the show.

The pick of Richards triggered a social media backlash. Many notable guest hosts, such as Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers and Levar Burton, were passed over in favor of a well-reviewed but little-known insider, and the show thus missed an opportunity to make history in terms of diversity by appointing a woman or a person of color as host of a long-running television institution.

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

When Richards was an executive producer on “The Price Is Right,” three discrimination lawsuits were filed against the show’s workers between 2008 and 2011. One of the suits dropped Richards as a defendant; another action dismissed altogether; and the third litigation was settled out of court. (In an earlier letter, Richards claimed that the allegations mischaracterized who he was and how he operated on “The Price Is Right.”

A piece by The Ringer‘s Claire McNear on Wednesday, which revived ugly remarks Richards made against women, Jews, and little people while hosting a podcast in 2013 and 2014, appears to have been the final straw.

It became evident to Richards that continuing as host would be a distraction for the show’s fans and not the best option for the show, he wrote in a message resigning from the job of host on Friday.

Since Alex Trebek’s passing in November, the syndicated show, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, has returned to the rotating guest-host format it has maintained since. In the running for the role is Mayim Bialik, who has previously been selected to host the series’ prime-time specials and a possible spin-off.

‘It’s not like Mayim is going rogue!’ Mayim Bialik defends her contentious ‘Jeopardy’ tweak

Mayim Bialik, co-host of Jeopardy!, is fully aware that the long-running game is taken very seriously by its followers. Even she was taken aback by the online fury sparked by an apparently simple comment she made on the syndicated program and the National College Championship in February.

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

Bialik referred to the first round as “Single Jeopardy!” rather than simply “Jeopardy!” and received a barrage of criticism on social media. “People are very concerned. I understand, “In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Bialik explains. “And please accept my apologies; I’m doing my best!” (You may listen to our talk in the video above.)

ALSO READ: The Channel Awesome Scandal And Those Misconduct Allegations 

At the same time, Bialik — who co-hosts the show with Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings — claims that her “Single Jeopardy!” comment was not off-script, claiming that executives would have intervened otherwise.

“They would have made me recreate it if it wasn’t right. I hardly ever perform alone since there are so many things that we have to re-tape. There are a million producers, authors, and academics who are all listening to me if it’s not kosher.”

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

“‘What?’ they’ll exclaim every time I say something. ‘Do it once more.'” Bialik laughs as she continues. “Mayim isn’t going rogue, after all! Everything is kept under strict surveillance. I promise there’s something in my ear.”

Not for nothing, the “Single Jeopardy!” moniker has been used before: That dearly departed Jeopardy!, says Bialik. Alex Trebek, the show’s host, was known to use it on occasion. “I know it wasn’t the usual,” she continues, “but… it wasn’t out of the norm.” “I’m not going to do it again! I’m not going to say anything, even if it’s in the script.”

ALSO READ: Is It True That Rob Lowe Had Sex With A 16-Year-Old Girl? The Actor From ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Calls The Iconic Sex Tape ’embarrassing.’ 

Despite the “Single Jeopardy!” controversy, Bialik says she’s enjoying her time as a Jeopardy! host, which she’ll keep at least through the end of Season 38 and possibly beyond. When asked what her favorite aspect of the job is, she responds, “I love meeting all the contestants.”

“I enjoy hearing their tales. Some are professors, some are housewives, and still others are instructors. People of all types can hold information in ways that the majority of us cannot.”

Doing Some Catching Up On "Jeopardy!"? Here's How It All Went Down

Bialik also uses the commercial breaks to hear stories from candidates that would otherwise go unheard on the show. “I enjoy learning interesting facts about individuals, so I usually ask them about everything on their cards. I’m fascinated by people, and it’s been a blast meeting folks from all over the country.

I know that sounds strange, but I don’t meet many individuals, especially with COVID! I have my coworkers and my children, but I don’t do a lot of other things, so Jeopardy! is where I get to be social.”

ALSO READ: What Did Liz Cambage Have To Say About It? As An Australian Basketball Star Confronts Anger Online, A Racial Slur Incident Is Revealed 

Amy Schneider, whose current 40-game winning streak is the second-longest in the show’s history, is one participant Bialik wishes she had spent more time with. Schneider is also the first openly transgender contestant to compete in the “Tournament of Champions,” and the first woman in Jeopardy! history to earn more than $1 million.

Bialik was not allowed to host any of Schneider’s episodes in order to keep her streak a secret while it was happening in real time. She admits, “I didn’t even know when she lost until it aired.” “All I knew was that when I returned to work, she would either be there or not, because I take three weeks off every three weeks. As a result, I simply missed her.”

Nonetheless, Bialik is ecstatic that such a “groundbreaking” contestant graced the Jeopardy! stage. She notes, “Representation does matter – it does.” “This was a momentous occasion, and Amy is a delightful personality that everyone should get to know. As a result, we’re ecstatic.”

“It’s funny,” Bialik says, laughing. “We were talking about it, and I said, ‘Isn’t this amazing?’ I have a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old. And because they’re so educated and their mothers are clueless, I felt like the dumbest person on the planet! ‘We shouldn’t even be talking about it – that’s how normal it should be,’ my younger one added, I believe. So that’s where their generation is, and it’s like ‘Wow!’ for us old guys.”

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