Why Mike Richards hosts “Jeopardy! »This week despite the departure of Game Show

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Mike Richards will host the show “Jeopardy!” from this evening. Season 38 premiered despite stepping down from the role last month and then losing his job as executive producer.

As TheWrap previously reported, Richards was named the longtime permanent game show host on August 11, succeeding the late Alex Trebek and a series of guest hosts.

On August 20, Richards resigned his post after the sexist and derogatory comments he made about women in his 2013 podcast resurfaced. On August 31, he was fired from his role as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “The Wheel of Fortune”.

By the time of his dismissal, he had already recorded five episodes as a host; these episodes will air this week.

From next week, Mayim Bialik, host of the show “Jeopardy!” specials, will host for three weeks. The game show will then revert to a series of rotating hosts.

Tonight fans will see if returning champion Matt Amodio can continue his impressive winning streak. The 30-year-old Yale student finished last season with 18 straight wins and $ 574,801 in prize money, placing him in third place in the “Jeopardy!” list of the highest earnings of all time behind legends Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.

It was announced that starting in season 38, “Jeopardy!” will record on stage Alex Trebek. Trebek’s wife and children were on hand for the appointment.

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Trebek died last November after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. See the dedication below:


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