When Alex Trebek passed, the producers of Jeopardy! were put in a tough spot. How do you replace a beloved man who’s synonymous with the show? Well, you buy some time by trying out a bunch of guest hosts! Here are the 16 names who’ve attempted to fill the void, ranked from worst to best.
16. Dr. Mehmet Oz
To say Dr. Mehmet Oz was an unpopular choice would be an understatement. Viewers actually launched an appeal to remove the controversial TV star from the show! Co-created by two past contestants, a petition on Medium.com was signed by a total of 600 fans.
Why was Oz such a lightning rod for bad feeling? Well, the petition made it clear. “Throughout his nearly two decades on television, he has used his authority as a doctor to push harmful ideas on to the American public – in stark contrast with his oath to first do no harm,” it said. Dr. Oz advocated hydroxychloroquine as a way to combat COVID-19, for instance.
And the doctor’s performance on the show was widely criticized, too. Emily Seaman, a contestant on one of Oz’s episodes, told The New York Post, “It was just odd. I don’t think he likes Jeopardy!” She also claimed that he struggled to say a difficult word during the Final Jeopardy! round, and that meant the segment had to be re-shot up to eight times. Oh dear.
15. Joe Buck
“Joe Buck shouldn’t even be a sports announcer.” “I will never watch a single episode of Jeopardy! featuring Joe Buck.” “If there’s one person that would disrespect the class and honor of hosting Jeopardy!, it’s Joe Buck.” That’s just a small taste of the social media fury that came after the Fox Sports commentator was announced as a guest host.