Sunday, November 28, 2021

Alex Trebek Wanted CNN’s Laura Coates As ‘Jeopardy’ Successor – Folks Wanna Know What Happened?

Laura Coates

*Prior to his death, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek floated a few names of people who might replace him after his time on the long-running quiz show. Trebek himself reportedly recommended CNN’s Laura Coates (pictured above) and inquiring minds want to now know why she wasn’t given a chance.

Trebek first mentioned Coates as a potential successor back in 2018, two years before he died, MSN reports. She tweeted at the time, “Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I’d be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I’m a genius).”

“Jeopardy!” fans are giving show producers the side-eye for not considering Coates, and their fury comes amid the controversy surrounding Trebek’s successor, Mike Richards. On Wednesday, The Ringer reported that on multiple episodes of his podcast “The Randumb Show,” Richards “repeatedly used offensive language and disparaged women’s bodies.”

READ MORE: ‘Jeopardy’ Update: Mike Richards Chosen to Replace Alex Trebeck – NOT LeVar Burton 🙁

Mike Richards
Mike Richards via Twitter

The podcast was reportedly taken offline by Richards on Tuesday.

“Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry,” Richards said in a statement. “The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around.”

He is now out as the host of the game show after just one taping day, CNN reports. 

Richards said Friday he has “stepped down,” citing the controversy over “past incidents and comments.”

Now the beloved game show is turning once more to guest hosts until producers tap a permanent host.

Fans of LeVar Burton have been pushing hard for him to take over has host. Following news of Richard’s ouster, Burton tweeted, “Happy Friday, y’all!”

“I’ll take “hilarious shade” for $1000,” one person wrote. Added another: “Positivity as shade is the energy I needed today!”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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