What Is a Fiasco? How Sony Botched Alex Trebek’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Succession

After months of searching, new host Mike Richards is one (day) and done

Well, that was brief. Mike Richards stepped down as “Jeopardy!” host on Friday, one day after he started taping new episodes as the new host of the long-running hit syndicated game show. (Those five batch-taped episodes will still air, a spokesperson for the Sony-produced quiz show told TheWrap.)

Richards’ one-day tenure as Alex Trebek’s successor is a case study of bad optics mixed with what appears to be a total lack of vetting. The result: a completely avoidable mess of Sony’s own doing.

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Tim Baysinger

TV reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays

Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio