Alex Trebek in so ‘much pain’ before death

Producer Mike Richards, who hosted the former Jeopardy! show for just one day, spoke about being fired and Alex Trebek’s strength in the face of cancer.

Richards, 48, replaced Trebek nine months later in August 2021. Trebek dies of pancreatic cancer 80 years old. I quit after one performance. When published an article about RichardsThe article referenced derogatory comments he made about marginalized communities while hosting “The Random Show” in 2014.

Mike Richards has been hosting “Jeopardy!” for just one day. After the death of Alex Trebek. AP

Richards, In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with People magazine., recalled both of their resignations from “Jeopardy!” And Trebek continued to work even though his health deteriorated due to treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“I don’t think I’ll ever see anything like this again,” he said of Trebek’s strength to continue on “Jeopardy!” Despite his illness, he continued his work as a host.

“I’ve never seen anyone in so much pain or illness in my life, let alone go out and play five perfect games in one day.” he told People magazine.

Trebek passed away in November 2020, leaving a huge void on “Jeopardy!” – However, there was no talk of his replacement behind the scenes, Richards said. He replaced veteran Harry Friedman as producer of the iconic, long-running show in 2020.

“Once we found out Alex was sick, we never talked about how we were going to replace him,” Richards said. “Such a conversation would be extremely rude.

“But we were talking about having people come over and entertain guests if Alex got sick,” he told People magazine. [would] Go back to the day he decides he can’t do it. ”

Alex Trebek continued to host “Jeopardy!” Even after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He passed away in November 2020. Getty Images

Trebek continued to host “Jeopardy!” In the midst of his battle with cancer, he spent several months before retiring and spending time with his family.

“I actually thought I should We just need to name a new host,” Richards told People. “But when Alex passed away, it hit everyone hard. ‘Danger!’ The fans, the country…the whole staff was there, but he was the only boss they ever knew.

“He was in everyone’s hearts and we all knew he was ill, but his death was very sudden, if that makes sense. . It seemed like it was going to happen quickly. We were all understandably in mourning.”

Mike Richards on the set of ‘Jeopardy!’ when it was announced that he would be hosting the iconic show. Sony Pictures Television

Richards conducted focus groups to determine Trebek’s successor, as celebrities including Robin Roberts, Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings and Aaron Rodgers rotated as guest hosts on the show. Richards said a specialized company was hired. I thought Jennings would automatically give me the answer (which it eventually would).

Richards has previously hosted the reality shows “Beauty and the Geek,” “Million Dollar Pyramid” and “Divided,” but he also appeared on “Jeopardy!” He said that his name was also mentioned as the host of “.

Focus group participants liked Richards, but he told People they couldn’t believe it when he was offered the job.

“No one was more surprised than I was,” he said. “They said to me, ‘We want you to be the host of the syndicated version of Jeopardy!’ I stopped and said, ‘That’s amazing.’ thank you. What is your media plan?

April 2018: Mike Richards attends the CBS Daytime Emmy After Party in Pasadena, California. Getty Images

“Because I was very concerned that this case would be scrutinized as closely as a presidential election. There was a widespread idea that whoever got the job before anyone else wasn’t going to be successful.”

He also said that people only assumed he named himself host because he was a producer on the show.

“Everyone was so angry because it looked like I walked into the room and stood up for myself,” he said. “And that doesn’t happen on TV, but I understood that it was cosmetic.”

Richard hosted his first and only show when the Anti-Defamation League was called to investigate him after the article was published.

Richards publicly apologized for “a deeply embarrassing moment of poor judgment, thoughtlessness and insensitivity,” but the damage was done.

Alex Trebek, the bearded host of Jeopardy!, passed away in July 2018. He passed away in November 2020 at the age of 80. AP

It was also revealed that while he was an executive producer on “The Price is Right,” he was named in a past wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit brought by models on the show. .

Richards said that when the ax fell on him on “Jeopardy!,” he felt hatred toward himself and his family from some sections of the public, despite much of what was being written. “It was quite a firestorm,” he said. He wasn’t accurate or was taken out of context.

“But by then everyone was like, ‘Oh, he’s just a terrible person,'” he told People magazine. “That was the price to pay for being thrust into the zeitgeist at a very inopportune moment.

“The reason I’m speaking now is because I feel like as long as we have open and honest conversations, I can be an everlasting force,” he continued. “We all can disagree on a lot of things. We can all disagree about politics, we can all disagree about the hosts of ‘Jeopardy!’ Opinions may differ as to whether or not you like the final “Jeopardy!” clue. And you should.

“But I felt like we were rushing to judgment, so a lot of people were happy to say, ‘Okay.’