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NEW YORK – Mike Richards’ very brief “Danger!” Monday kicked off the beleaguered game show, dealing with the embarrassment of his season 38 With a host who already knows his audience is toast.
Richards stepped down as replacement for Alex Trebek on August 20, and was fired as the show’s executive producer a week and a half later, after discovering that his podcasts in 2013 and 2014 contained derogatory remarks about women and minorities.
His selection as host by Sony Pictures Television after a long string of trials by other characters was unpopular with fans before the old podcast came out.
His ouster came after he completed a week of recording shows for the new season, and Sony was unable to bring it back without affecting the integrity of the game.
Richards was introduced as host on Monday by the seemingly sad announcer, Johnny Gilbert. No word was mentioned about his status as a replacement for Trebek; If it was originally, it was cut off.
Before its introduction, it was noted that Trebek’s widow and her children were poised to dedicate the stage to its longtime host, who died of cancer last October.
“For the first time on the Alex Trebek stage, let’s play ‘Jeopardy!'” Richards said. “.
In keeping with Trebek’s tradition – he considered the game and its star players – Richards generally took a back seat to the movement.
The show comes in the midst of a historical show by Matt Amodio, a PhD student from New Haven, Connecticut. He won his 19th straight game on Monday, taking his total to $64,601, behind only Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
Amodio made a quick run with competitors Amde Mengistu of Brooklyn, New York, and Gabbie Kim, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, winning $67,800 on Monday.
“Danger!” Next week will Re-actress Mayim Bialik as a guest star Before starting another series of tests for permanent Trebek replacement.
Richards’ era will end after five performances. Tribek, which began in 1984, totaled more than 8,200.