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Old 08-31-2021, 06:50 PM   #46
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I am so sick of it all. I don't even care to watch it anymore. Perhaps Jeopardy should have been retired when Alex died.
Who'd have thought that Sony could **** this up? This was a 6-inch putt.

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With Mike Richards as boss, The Price is Right's former staffers recall "s**** management" and a "vicious cycle"

The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg delved into Richards' "tumultuous legacy" as co-executive producer, then executive producer and then showrunner of The Price is Right from 2008-2019, interviewing dozens of current and former staffers. The story was published hours after Richards' firing as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune executive producer Tuesday morning. But Sony TV may have learned this story was in the works and accelerated Richards' ouster -- a firing that might have otherwise occurred on the "Friday bad news dump" before Labor Day Weekend. "The portrait that emerged from these sources — many of whom declined to speak publicly out of fear of retribution in the industry — was of a manager who was more interested in being a host, who ushered out veteran on-set leaders, was the subject of at least two HR complaints to CBS and Fremantle, and presided over budget cuts and loss of benefits to staffers," reports Goldberg. "Multiple sources involved with Price Is Right during Richards’ tenure also questioned his conduct with models on the series. Several sources claimed he would parade models around the stage during rehearsals as he polled employees about their attire and gave preferential treatment to some." However, Gwendolyn Osborne, a Price is Right model from 2005 to 2017, spoke out in defense of Richards after being connected with his PR. "The show had a routine with how to choose wardrobe for the models before Mike arrived and we continued with that routine until Mike made some changes to it,” she said. “This included Mike transitioning from the uncomfortable parading on stage in our outfits to having proper fitting in the wardrobe department with a stylist.” Price is Right host Drew Carey has also defended Richards, tweeting earlier this month that he "he took (the models) from just bodies on the stage to actual people that audiences could get to know as part of the TPIR family." Former staffers told Goldberg that Richards' transformation of The Price is Right led to the dissolution of the close-knit work family that that preceded his tenure on the show. But she noted that The Price is Right had "its share of workplace issues and complaints, including lawsuits" when Bob Barker was host. One former staffer, 18-year art director and production designer Bente Christensen, filed an HR complaint against Richards in 2012, alleging he "was targeting me, bullying, intimidating and demeaning me" with age-related comments while trying to get her to quit. Another staffer supplied through Richards' publicist called Richards "incredibly patient, creative and collaborative in every meeting and discussion that I was in attendance.” Ex-staffers also accused Richards of micromanaging the staff, cutting down on the work schedule, reducing the number of benefits and clashing with the prize department. "Multiple sources say Richards asked the prize department to buy such name-brand items that included Ralph Lauren, Tiffany and Christian Louboutin," reports Goldberg. "When luxury brands declined to provide products to Price in exchange for airtime (which remains standard practice), Richards allegedly had the prizing staff find such items at outlet stores." Richards allegedly "eradicated" the prize department "then hired a staff of his own and made leftover items — including name-brand items — available for sale to staffers (including himself)," says Goldberg. “When Mike got the exec producer job, no one could figure out why he’d take Wheel and Jeopardy! when he had the Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal job — was it more money?” asks a former Price staffer. “Then I realized it’s because he would do some game show things and it was obvious that he wanted to be a game show host. What better way to create that opportunity than to be in charge of the hiring process as EP?”
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"Jeopardy!" Champion James Holzhauer Slams Mike Richards
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August 31, 2021

James Holzhauer, best known for his 32-game winning streak on "Jeopardy!", has slammed Mike Richards following the latter’s departure as executive producer.

"Do I think Mike Richards’s podcast comments were appropriate for polite society? No. But did he deserve the benefit of the doubt for the job he did running Jeopardy? Also no"
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Mayim Bialik's stint as guest host starting next Monday has been extended by two weeks from the original four to six weeks.
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Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings to Host ‘Jeopardy’ Through 2021 After Mike Richards’ Exit

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Old 09-17-2021, 04:33 AM   #51
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Jeopardy! fans have the best kind of fandom

"To compare the Jeopardy! fandom to the Star Wars fandom is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, in that one is a nonfiction product and the other is a fictional product," says Adrianne Westenfeld. "But when it comes to modeling how fans and creators should interact, the dynamic of the Jeopardy! fandom offers lessons for any and every fandom. By and large, Jeopardy! fans push back against the show in good faith. They love their show with a deep, abiding passion, and they want Jeopardy! to be the best version of itself. They’re committed to holding Jeopardy! accountable to its professed values of truth, fairness, and credibility. When Jeopardy! responds to their uproar, often with a mea culpa, they do so out of mutual respect for the people who have kept the show on the air, all these decades later. Fans push back because they care, and Jeopardy! responds because they care, too. When Jeopardy! fans spar with the show, their concerns may seem like small beans to the casual observer. But when Jeopardy! calls a chronic illness by the wrong name, that’s no small thing. Mistakes like this make the people affected feel as if the show doesn’t respect or represent them; they also tarnish the show’s reputation as a bastion of accuracy and fact-based knowledge. When Jeopardy! welcomed a guest host in Dr. Mehmet Oz, a known disseminator of medical misinformation and pseudoscience, fans and former contestants were right to take the show to task for failing to live up to its values. Jeopardy! fans aren’t querulous sticklers; they speak up because it matters, and because they want the show to be what it stands for." This summer, however, the Mike Richards fiasco "ruptured the compact between fans and the show; now, it remains to be seen if Jeopardy! can regain its viewership’s trust and faith. What was once a loving dialogue is now a serious enmity, with fans still feeling bruised from the events of the summer, and no evidence in sight that the show intends to make amends. Only time will tell if Jeopardy! can still live up to its ideals, and be the show fans expect it to be." ALSO: It was bizarre that Jeopardy! tweeted that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings "are hosting me until the end of the year."

Mike Richards subtly references his Jeopardy! hosting controversy

“You know, the power of this show has always been derived from the contestants,” Richards said at the start of Tuesday's episode, taped before he stepped down as host and was later fired as executive producer. “And my pledge to Jeopardy! fans everywhere is to continue to make this stage a place where our contestants can shine their absolute brightest.” ALSO: Monday's Jeopardy! appeared to edit Richards' opening statement.

Mike Richards begins his one-week Jeopardy! hosting stint with no mention of the behind-the-scenes scandal

Richards' week of shows to kick off Season 38 was taped on Aug. 19, one day after Claire McNear's The Ringer investigative story on his offensive past and one day before he stepped down as host. "The torrent of bad news for Richards had not yet overcome him at the taping," says Daniel D'Addario. "But the host felt, still, as though he was already edging towards his own disappearance on his very first day. This lends a sense either of a hasty cutting job or of a new host who felt, justifiably, anything but secure in the role. Up top, Richards either made no explicit reference to the show’s changing of the guard, or any such reference was edited out. A video piece depicted the dedication of the Jeopardy! set as the 'Alex Trebek Stage' on the Sony lot, and Richards’ 'So, for the first time, from the Alex Trebek stage,' let’s play Jeopardy!, was the only plainspoken indication that Richards as host was not the way it had always been. In his guest-host tenure of two weeks, Richards had ended every episode with a verbose tribute to Trebek; this time, he just said: 'What an incredible way to kick off the season! Let’s do it again tomorrow. Hope to see you then. No reference was made, either, to the fact that Richards as host was not what would always be — that, at the end of this week (and of what had been a single tape day), he would be ushered off the show’s stage for good. It’s hard to imagine a graceful way for the show to have set the table for his eventual disappearance, but Jeopardy!’s botched handling of the host selection, utterly destroying any goodwill built by a fun and exciting procession of guest hosts, has indicated gracefulness is not in the show’s post-Trebek repertoire anyhow. Presumably the show is white-knuckling this week: It cannot not air the Richards episodes, as developments in returning mega-champion Matt Amodio’s ongoing gameplay happened on them that cannot be restaged." ALSO: Jeopardy! fans slam the show for ignoring the Richards scandal.
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I don't want to hurt any posters, but can someone not post in GREEN for it hard on my eyes. Also the long long paragraphs. Chopped them up a bit for they are hard to follow. Thank You.
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You want to know what's funny?

The second game of Jeopardy!'s 37th season (and of Mike Richards's tenure as the game show's executive producer), there was a Final Jeopardy! clue with a problematic answer:

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It was about a producer announcing his retirement in 2019. The question was "Who is Berry Gordy?" (the founder of Motown Records).

One contestant (Betsy Reisz) spelled his first name "Barry", and, as simple as that mistake was, she was ruled incorrect. "Barry" and "Berry" are pronounced the same (unless there's a few who pronounce the former term "BAHR-ee"), and I thought Jeopardy! contestants couldn't be penalized for spelling in the Final round. That was why I thought about calling for Mike Richards's firing, and I swear, this was the first time I had such thoughts.
"When the run of a network TV show has ended, some go out with a bang, some with a whimper, but all are...Future Endeavored."

"Stay Safe"? More like "Stay Sad".

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Jeopardy! needed Matt Amodio's success to wash away the bad headlines over its disastrous hosting search

"Regardless of what some fans think of his quirky answering style, he’s already done something far more important in the immediate sense as he continues to cruise through Season 38 of Jeopardy!: make everyone focus on the games, not the drama around the show’s disastrous search for a new host," says Ryan Nagelhout of Amodio, who joined Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer in the million-dollar earnings club last Friday. "Aside from Amodio’s brilliance, recent news about the show has been nothing short of exhausting.

Mike Richards was a bad pick to replace Alex Trebek, may have rigged the search that landed on him in the first place, and made decision-makers at Sony look bad for thinking his extensive baggage wouldn’t matter to the show’s biggest fans. Every other person seemingly in the running has had a bad news cycle or two, to boot. Even the groundswell of support for a guest host like LeVar Burton got tiring. It didn’t help that, for a variety of reasons, he simply wasn’t very good at the job. Burton knew it and said it himself, but it didn’t seem to matter to those crusading for him to get a job he now has repeatedly said he doesn’t want."

As Trebek has said repeatedly, the contestants are the true stars of Jeopardy! -- not the host. "The loss of that guidance has been notable since Trebek’s death in November but so, too, is the obvious change in what’s become important when watching the show," says Nagelhout. "Turning the end of last season into a proverbial bake-off made what the hosts were doing on stage much more important than how contestants played or who could survive wave after wave of hosting change. It absolutely impacted the game, too."
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