The latest update about the potential permanent host of Jeopardy has sent fans into a tailspin. Variety reported on Wednesday that Sony Pictures Television was in advanced negotiations to have Mike Richards be the late Alex Trebek's permanent replacement. Considering that many Jeopardy fans have been calling for LeVar Burton to be named the host, they're not exactly pleased over this news.
Richards joined Jeopardy as an executive producer in 2020. But, he could be taking on another role soon. The producer, who was one of the guest hosts of the program earlier this year, caught the attention of those at Sony Pictures for his "easy on-air manner" and his ability to handle behind-the-scenes duties. Variety did stress that this does not mean that Richards is officially the permanent host just yet, but that he is the front-runner.
Jeopardy viewers everywhere spoke out about this news to share their own thoughts about who should be Trebek's replacement. Based on the reactions, they believe that the best person for the job is Burton.
"Jeopardy you had your host with LeVar Burton," one Jeopardy fan wrote. "LeVar is the epitome of knowledge and learning. Isn't that what Jeopardy is all about. Mike Richards is not in the league with LeVar. It's LeVar or no Jeopardy for me."prevnext
Another Jeopardy fan wrote that Burton was "fantastic." They added, "Any other legacy for Alex is wrong."prevnext
"They didn't even mention Levar Burton in the article," a viewer wrote in response to Variety's piece. "What was the point of hyping up fill-in guests like they were contenders to be the new host if they were going to give the hosting position to Mike Richards, who is the executive producer of #Jeopardy."prevnext
You know who you haven’t heard of Mike Richards. You know who you have heard of LeVar Burton. If @Jeopardy knew what they were doing, they’d hire the household name. #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/Ljwq4j1T37— Joe Chris (@Joechris1988) August 4, 2021
"Hell no!" yet another fan shared on Twitter. "If it's not Levar Burton. We're not watching."prevnext
Fans clearly have only one person in mind for the position. As one viewer put it, "This is f—ked, just let @levarburton do this please, c'mon."prevnext
"Side eying Jeopardy so hard through my VISOR right now," one of Burton's supporters wrote. "LeVar Burton is the obvious choice here, and I also really enjoyed Mayim Bialik. This guy was unremarkable."prevnext
#Jeopardy could’ve hired anyone, (Levar Burton), but they hired generic white guy #3— MrMovieElf (@MrMovieElf) August 4, 2021
"So #Jeopardy is just not going to give us LeVar Burton?" yet another fan lamented. "Watch their viewers drop."prev