Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards is the second visitor host of the beloved recreation present following the loss of life of host Alex Trebek.
Richards, who changed Ken Jennings, revealed that he was stepping in as host as a result of 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 present should go on,'” Richards stated.
“So let’s do what Alex Trebek did 8,244 occasions: Let’s play Jeopardy! and show that nothing can cease this present.”
Through the closing of the episode, Richards addressed the viewers with the next tribute to Trebek.
“I simply wish to say, as Alex stated, 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 strong speech throughout one among his last 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 loss of life throughout an episode that aired in November.
“Over the weekend, we misplaced our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is a gigantic loss for our workers, crew, for his household, for his tens of millions of followers,” Richards stated.
“He liked this present and every thing it stood for… He’ll endlessly 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 last episodes lower than two weeks earlier than, and that the present will air the remaining 35 episodes as they have been shot, “in his honor.”
“That is what he wished,” the producer stated. “On behalf of everybody right here at Jeopardy, thanks for every thing Alex.”
Jennings was the visitor host for six weeks and marked his goodbye to the present final week.
“That’s a wrap on my six weeks of Jeopardy visitor internet hosting,” the GOAT contestant tweeted.
“Thanks for watching, thanks in your endurance 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‘ Invoice Whitaker, and Large Bang Principle vet Mayim Bialik.
Further visitor hosts will embrace CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta., in addition to Dr. Mehmet Ozand Immediately‘s Savannah Guthrie.
The seek for a everlasting host continues, and the present will announce one sooner or later.
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Paul Dailly is the Affiliate Editor for TV Fanatic. Observe him on Twitter.