This morning, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post has reported that sportscaster Joe Buck from FOX Sports will be given a guest host spot on Jeopardy!.
The air dates of Joe Buck’s episodes have yet to be announced.
As BuzzerBlog said on Twitter in reply to the news, “If you’re going to get one of TV’s most disliked fake doctor, may as well get TV’s most disliked sports broadcaster.”
Meanwhile, we still hear complete silence from the show on LeVar Burton. The more I think about this whole guest host situtation, the more I think that Mike Richards, who has twice been cited in his career in discrimination lawsuits and has a genre-wide reputation for not caring what fans think of his decisions, comes out looking increasingly bad over the whole guest host selection process.
Ignoring a petition signed by what amounts to 5% of your show’s entire viewership is going to negatively affect the show for years to come, and may even amount to the show losing 5 to 8 years off its potential life. Thanks to the NFL television deal which is currently scheduled to last until 2033, local broadcasting and the syndication model likely isn’t going anywhere soon. Thus, Jeopardy! easily has another 12 years left in it, assuming that it is stewarded properly. It’s currently not being stewarded properly, and Sony Television needs to find a new steward for its cash cow.
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