Jeopardy fans don’t sound too keen on Joe Buck being made the new host of the show. News came down this weekend about the sports commentator getting his chance at the podium and people lost their minds. Aaron Rodgers just got done with his stint and the fanbase found that time largely palatable. But, when Buck came into the picture, there was a ton of backlash on social media. It doesn’t help that a large social campaign for Reading Rainbow legend Levar Burton took off in recent weeks as well. Unfortunately for the people watching at home, it looks as though the baseball personality will get his fair shake. However, he’ll have an uphill climb ahead of him as the fanbase can hold a grudge when it wants to. The period after the passing of Alex Trebek has been filled with good moments and some stinkers. So, it’s just a matter of seeing where this hosting tenure falls on that spectrum.
Joe Buck as the next Jeopardy host?? pic.twitter.com/PTsA7xqFbM— Zak (@ZakKelly96) April 17, 2021
Show producer Mike Richards talked to Deadline about the process of landing on a permanent host not that long ago.
“The search is going very well, there are a lot of people very interested in hosting Jeopardy!, which is gratifying, and also appropriately reverent of the shoes they will be stepping into. We have had some great conversations with people," Richards told Deadline. “We are going to take our time and talk to a lot of people, have some people guest host and see what our fans think as well."
"You will also see big-name people who are not going to be considered for the role but they just love the show, love Alex and wanted to pay tribute,” Richards added. “So not everyone who comes on is auditioning. We are going to go in a lot of different directions, I don’t think we want to be in a hurry to name a new person. We all are still mourning the loss — certainly I am — of Alex, and I think just turning around and naming someone would be irresponsible and not thoughtful, which is antithesis of Jeopardy!“
Who would you like to see host? Let us know in the comments!
Critical consensus here
No. LeVar Burton. pic.twitter.com/DUXGvyYV0l— Brian J. Collins (@BrianJCollins75) April 17, 2021
Sure, why not
If we cant have Levar Burton as host of Jeopardy
How bout we have Nicolas Cage instead of Joe Buck ?
At least we would have a likeable guest host for Jeopardy
Plus, let's be honest Nicolas hosting a week of Jeopardy would be interesting to say the least pic.twitter.com/srMB2YKzJf— Joshua Brunken - Sealab 2021 (@JoshuaBrunken) April 17, 2021
Cleveland weighing in
I swear, if Joe Buck becomes the permanent host of Jeopardy...😒 pic.twitter.com/DEEv1SBYfh— CLE Sports Twist (@CleSportsTwist) April 17, 2021
The fans are very vocal
Love Joe Buck, but Levar Burton is the only man for the Jeopardy job. pic.twitter.com/8oAexFXUrw— Pan(demic) Sexual (@SergiosTesticle) April 17, 2021
Sports fans and Jeopardy fans fighting over Joe Buck: pic.twitter.com/qb4i8Nchm6— Tony Pierce (@TonyJPierce) April 17, 2021
A lot of this GIF
Joe Buck guest-hosting Jeopardy... pic.twitter.com/OnvA0tnbac— lynds (@cowinzy) April 17, 2021
So many faces
My reaction when I found out Joe Buck is hosting JEOPARDY : pic.twitter.com/tDfYXl4tz0— Jenna Delaney (@Cande_Cane) April 17, 2021
Joe Buck guest hosting Jeopardy and potentially getting the permanent gig? pic.twitter.com/3YwSbhWueH— Alona (@alonadeb) April 17, 2021