The train break during a search continues.
Hi world, my name is Stephen LaConte and I’m one Jeopardy superfan.
The hunt for a new one Jeopardy host has been protracted, much talked about, and in recent weeks a totally fucking train wreck. More than a dozen celebrities have visited the show as a not-so-secret audition for the full-time job. Earlier this month, Sony announced that the employees … none of them. Instead, they gave the job to a relatively unknown one Jeopardy producer named Mike Richards who also did a brief stint as a guest host.
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Mike held on to the glorious job for about five minutes as his past sexist behavior began to make headlines. He resigned, and now the search for Alex’s successor continues.
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So who should Jeopardy * actually * hire for the full-time role? There will be more guest hosts next season, but for now I have ranked everyone who has been auditioning for the concert so far. We start with the worst and work our way up to the best:
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Jeopardy is a show that values accuracy and truth so you can imagine public outcry by Dr. Oz briefly took his helm. Dr. Oz has used his daytime talk show to make one a whole lot of anti-science nonsense. Not to mention his ties to Trump, and His harmful rhetoric around the COVID pandemic. A mop wearing a tie would be better Jeopardy host – and probably a smarter one too.
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once said of Survivor host Jeff Probst’s career: “I cheered for [him] because I like, you know, the average white guy host. “Honestly, ‘average white-guy host’ is a perfect way to describe Mike’s short time. Jeopardy.
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Mayim has already been hired to host some
Jeopardy specials and spinoffs ahead. On the one hand, I understand it: Her hosting skills were fine, and she is a neuroscientist in reality. But it’s hard to look past her many public controversies – like her terrible #MeToo essay, where she seemed to suggest that women could avoid assault if they dressed more conservatively. There is also her previous refusal to give to her children medicine, her promotion of pseudoscience, and her story about vaccine skepticism. Mayim says she supports the COVID vaccine, but her record should disqualify her from a fact-based TV show, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
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No respect for the NFL and MLB broadcast legend, but he is not the right choice for
Jeopardy. it’s not his fault – his voice is just too closely linked to sportscasting. Seeing him present Final Jeopardy felt like watching the last 30 seconds of a Super Bowl. It just did not work. Sorry, Joe.
Ties between: George Stephanopoulos, Bill Whitaker and David Faber
Okay, so now we’re past the hosts who completely ranked me and moved on to those who just just as little bored me. I liked George, Bill and David fine in their respective turns on the podium. They all seem like perfect nice middle-aged men that any of us would be lucky to have as our father. But as our neighbor
Jeopardy host? I think we have several exciting opportunities ahead.
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I did not expect to like Aaron Freakin ‘Rodgers in this role as much as I did! He is a diehard
Jeopardy fan who worked hard to prepare his episodes and he was charming throughout. However, he is not the most natural TV presenter. And in my humble opinion, he’s too famous for the concert. It would feel like stunt casting and draw focus away from the actual game.
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It is not surprising that Savannah excelled behind
Jeopardy podium – she has been hosting live tv every day for the past decade. But I’m not sure Jeopardy gig plays to her greatest strengths as a lawyer-turned-interviewer. Maybe I’m still driving high when she was perfect took Trump to task at her town hall in 2020, but in the end I do not know if a game show is the most interesting medium for her.
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Clearly, Anderson has seen his share of
Jeopardy over the years. He delivered a confident and straightforward performance that of all the various guest hosts reminded me most of Alex Trebek. Cut your eyes to that silver hair and you might even think it’s Alex up there. Anderson is hardly the most exciting option in the herd, but he is certainly a safe and reliable choice.
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When I saw Katie walk across the iconic blue stage, it immediately made sense to me. Katie is smart, empathetic and infinitely curious about the world. She has been a trusted fixture on American television for many years. Some critics said she was a little dry – for me this was a feature, not a mistake! The show is about the tracks and the participants, and Katie kept the focus on them.
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LeVar led a viral Twitter campaign for the job, and he finally got his audition this summer – but only for a week’s episode, which would all be shown during the Olympics. Circumstances were less than ideal, and LeVar seemed a little nervous and nervous throughout his run. However, it was still so much fun to see a beloved childhood icon behind this podium.
Now that the permanent hosting job is open again, Twitter is going hard for LeVar. But TBH, I would rather see him host a new show in his own design. There are better vehicles for LeVar’s work than
Jeopardy. Anyone on Netflix will surely notice how eager his fanbase is ?! Give him a literary talk show, or Reading Rainbow for adults, or whatever the heck he would otherwise do.
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Producers invited fan favorites
Jeopardy master to try his hand at hosting and I was legally impressed with his performance. The guy competed for a TV job against people who have been in the business for decades, and he kept his own. I think the producers should seriously consider him. As Alex Trebek often said, the real stars of Jeopardy are its participants.
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Robin Roberts is a passionate fan of
Danger, and it shows. She brought a level of energy and excitement to the stage that has been unmatched by any other host. She was warm and naked and seemed to be doing well throughout the run. A longtime friend of Alex Trebek, it is clear that Robin has great reverence for the late TV legend, but she was not afraid to put her own spin on the role of host. Robin is an underrated choice – her section did not make headlines the way Aaron Rodgers did, for example – but I hope producers take her seriously.
Jeopardy team shit in bed by inviting Dr. Oz to the show, they decided to invite Other things TV doctor, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, to try to host. I’m happy to report that this one worked much better! Gupta was a friendly and natural presence on the podium, and fans online were quick to express their approval. His success surprised some viewers (including themselves). If you had asked me last year who should replace Alex Trebek, I do not know I would have said, “Do you know Dr. Sanjay Gupta? The medical expert from CNN?” But here we are. He was amazing and I will be happy if he is the permanent choice.
This ranking was so inevitable that it’s almost boring, but hey, the truth is the truth. Ken Jennings has been the best host for
Jeopardy until now. He crushed his test drive with the highest ratings of any host. And he has been a vital part of the show’s DNA for years, working his way up from a groundbreaking contestant, to the greatest of all time champion, to a presenter for his own categories.
And yes, it does help that Alex Trebek probably would have chosen Ken as his successor. New York Times recently
reported that Ken was gifted with a pair of Alex’s cufflinks on his first day as host along with a handwritten letter from Alex’s widow. Ken even told the audiobook version of Alex’s memoir last year.
Jeopardy is this man’s life, and producers would be wise to put the future of the show in his hands.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Which hosts have you loved and which were total flops? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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