Followers of Jeopardy! really feel like they’re being duped. Viewers aren’t proud of the method of discovering a brand new host after a carousel of various candidates have come by means of the sport present’s doorways, and but, it nonetheless looks like the following presenter will likely be one other straight white man.
Greater than half a 12 months of digging and trying to find a brand new host, Jeopardy! appears to have discovered a alternative for the late Alex Trebek. LeVar Burton has taken the stage, Katie Couric, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Mayim Bialik, Robin Roberts, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie all trialed as hosts. And as an alternative of switching up the palette, it looks like Jeopardy! goes to maintain it fairly easy, non-progressive, and pretty boring.
After all, it’s not set in stone simply but, however Selection reviews that Mike Richards—who simply so occurs to be the present’s government producer—is in superior negotiations to maneuver ahead because the present’s presenter.
Let’s be actual: Discovering a successor for Trebek was by no means going to be straightforward. He was a class-act and actually set the tone for a recreation present that has managed to final almost 40 years on-air. However in terms of shifting the franchise ahead, followers have been rather less than thrilled concerning the front-runner.
“The Jeopardy gig going to the within candidate (who is definitely the white male government producer of the present) whereas they introduced in a bunch of “various” visitor hosts for appearances is mainly the tutorial job market,” crucial race sociologist Crystal Fleming posted on Twitter.
In the meantime, Imani Gandy, a senior editor of legislation and coverage at Rewire Information Group, wrote, “Wait. Alex Trebek named a Black lady, Laura Coates, to succeed him and so they went with a primary white man who additionally occurs to provide the present? And so they gave LeVar Burton, like, 5 days in the course of the Olympics. Why even trouble. Simply give it to the white man from leap.”
Including insult to harm, Kevin Young wrote, “So, having a various [group] of individuals audition for Jeopardy was a canine and pony present when they’re going with their Government Producer?”
Actor LeVar Burton appeared to be a fan favourite given he had his stint on Studying Rainbow and has made his love for Jeopardy! very well-known. Nonetheless, after listening to information about Richards presumably touchdown the job, Burton posted to Twitter: “I’ve mentioned many instances over these previous weeks that regardless of the result, I’ve gained. The outpouring of affection and assist from household, associates, and followers alike has been unimaginable!”
Followers additionally appeared to have loved Robin Roberts. In a Reddit thread referred to as “Variety Faux Out,” one user mentioned that the Good Morning America host “was essentially the most ‘unfastened’” and “she introduced some actual vitality and persona to” the position.
One other Reddit user commented: “Anytime there’s a single, extremely coveted spot the bias finally wins out. You’re extra prone to get variety if you rent for a number of positions. When it’s a single spot it’s at all times ‘effectively, sure he’s white and male however he was the most effective particular person for the job.’”
Trebek passed away at age 80 in November 2020 after a public battle with pancreatic most cancers. Many in all probability thought the present wouldn’t go on after Trebek’s premature departure, however a wave of celebrities have since come ahead in a tamer model of a Starvation Video games competitors for the highest spot.