The previous host only lasted nine days before he quit the job and worked through a scandal involving sexual harassment, but – clearly, that wasn’t enough to keep him on as executive producer. Sony Pictures Television fired him under two weeks later, saying that they “…hoped [Richards resignation as host] would have minimized disruption and internal difficulties,” but “..that clearly has not happened.”
Now, the fans of the show have roared to life voicing their support for a specific host replacement – one that likely won’t be mired down in the same kind of problems.
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The former executive producer and host, Mike Richards, had filmed a series of episodes during his nine-day tenure as host – and they are set to air on September 13th, 2021.
Ahead of the airing date, fans have declared their own pick for host following a recent throwback post by the show’s official social media accounts that featured members from the 2021 Tournament of Champions.
ln it, a champion named Buzzy Cohen was featured.
This is and will always be Alex's stage. Humbled and honored to join the legacy today. pic.twitter.com/7hisPNqYQv
— Buzzy Cohen (@buzztronics) May 17, 2021
Cohen, whose first name is Austin, had stepped in as host during the time after Alex Trebek’s death that the show was looking to find a suitable long-term replacement. He joined a slew of other Tournament of Champions players, celebrities, and pop culture personalities who helped fill in.
Currently, Mayim Bialik has stepped in as a temporary host for the show until they can find a replacement for Richards.
On social media, fans have been voicing their support for Buzzy to take over permanently – citing both his incredible performance as a player and his charming personality as he played host. Many took to the comments of the show’s recent post to support Buzzy – read some of their words below.
— Alex Jacob (@whoisalexjacob) May 18, 2021
“Buzzy Cohen is nothing short of fabulous at hosting Jeopardy! — especially during the Tournament of Champions! Now, let’s make him permanent host [of] the show!” a fan exclaimed.
“JUST PICK BUZZY,” read another comment.
“Buzzy is obviously the one for permanent host!!! 😍,” added another fan.
Yet another called out the show and production company directly, saying: “Come on Jeopardy, @jeopardy @sonypictures, how can you not see that @buzzycohenofficial is the best choice to host!?! Make it happen!!”
Check out Buzzy’s Jeopardy playing performance below that went viral a few years ago.