Richards, clearly approaching the issue like someone with nothing to hide, removed the entire podcast from the internet and immediately apologized, which was the angle that most stories re-reporting McNear’s story took. But honestly, the angle that bothers me as a casual Jeopardy! fan is the lack of respect he showed to the hosts who very publicly tried out for this job and were considered fan favorites. Here’s McNear:
Some viewers have called into question the treatment of two of last season’s most popular guest hosts, LeVar Burton and Ken Jennings. In Burton’s case, fans have complained that the Reading Rainbow star was given just a week’s worth of episodes—filmed in the space of a single tape day—compared to the two weeks afforded to most of the other candidates. Burton’s supporters have also pointed out that his episodes aired in the midst of the Summer Olympics, which caused some to be preempted on NBC affiliate stations and may have contributed to lackluster ratings. Through a representative, Burton declined to comment.
Burton had to put on a months-long public campaign, complete with New York Times profiles
, for producers to even put him on the show, and they gave him the worst slot available, which likely affected his on-camera and on-broadcast performance.
Richards, meanwhile, got his hosting slot by simply leveraging Jennings’ availability in a way that favored him. Which is honestly the whole reason the decision to make him a host stinks.