The Jeopardy! Host Debacle
Original Airdates: Aug. 20-22, 2020
TVC 551.1: Steve Beverly, game show historian and professor emeritus of broadcast journalism at Union University (Jackson, TN), joins Ed to discuss the various issues surrounding Sony Pictures Television’s controversial selection of Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards as the new permanent host of the popular game show, officially succeeding Alex Trebek. NOTE: Our conversation with Steve was recorded on Friday, Aug. 13. One week later, on Friday, Aug. 20, Richards announced that he would step down as host of Jeopardy! in light of revelations, published Wednesday, Aug. 18, that he had made numerous remarks that demeaned women, Jews, and little people on a podcast he once hosted. Sony Pictures then announced that it would resume the practice of guest hosts on Jeopardy! for the time being.
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