Jeopardy’s ousted host says Aaron Rodgers was most ready to replace Alex Trebek

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Maybe he really is a game manager!

New York Jets star quarterback Rodgers was actually the “most ready” among a group of other big celebrities to become the successor to the late great Alex Trebek, who was “in jeopardy.” The host claimed.

Mike Richards, 48, former “Jeopardy!” The producer, who hosted the show for a day after Trebek’s death, revealed Rodgers checked all the boxes to be the front runner for the job in 2021 — but his on-field career stood as a stumbling block .

Expelled Jeopardy host Mike Richards said Aaron Rodgers was the “most prepared” to replace Alex Trebek. AP

“Aaron Rodgers was definitely the most prepared,” Richards tells People. “I was amazed by him – the intensity with which he prepared – and he was so sweet to everyone on the staff.”

“But ultimately I was concerned about his other work, which he does at a much higher level. I said, ‘How do you work this with the football schedule?’ He said, ‘You’ll figure it out!'” Richards said.

Aaron Rodgers on “Jeopardy!” is no stranger to the show, as he was the guest host of the show during his two-week stint, with fans lauding his stellar performance.

Mike Richards said that the big factor preventing Rodgers from getting the job was the question of how the quarterback would be able to balance his NFL career and hosting at the same time. Sony Pictures Television

The quarterback raised $236,725 at the show for the North Valley Community Foundation, a non-profit organization based in his hometown of Chico, California.

Richards said that Rodgers was a big fan of the show, which played a role in why he was placed ahead of other guest hosts such as ABC’s Good Morning America host Robin Roberts and former CBS anchor Katie Couric.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, TV star Mayim Bialik and current host Ken Jennings were also in the mix.

Rodgers was also a contestant on the show, where he won the “Celebrity Jeopardy!” tournament in 2015, when he competed against astronaut Mark Kelly and “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary.

Rodgers said that if he had been asked to work full-time he would have accepted the offer.

However, Richards was eventually given the job in Rodgers’ place – “Jeopardy!” Fans are skeptical about how the show’s former producer made it happen.

Other big names who were competing for the hosting gig to replace Alex Trebek were ABC’s Good Morning America host Robin Roberts and former CBS anchor Katie Couric. AP

“Nobody was more surprised than me,” said Richards, ex-host of the reality series “Beauty and the Geek” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 2005.” “Everyone was very angry because it seemed like I had gone into a room and singled myself out.”

“They told me, ‘We’d like you to be on ‘Jeopardy!’ Be the host of a syndicated version of. I stopped and said, ‘Oh wow. Thanks. What’s the media plan?’ Because I was very concerned that this would be scrutinized just as closely as a presidential election,” Richards said.

Richards was fired after one episode on her new hosting program when the Anti-Defamation League demanded an investigation into defamatory comments she made on “The Random Show” in 2014.

Formerly “Jeopardy!” The host apologized for the comments made, but was simultaneously accused of wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuits by the show’s models.





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