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Quote: Yahoo Entertainment
“Percival Lowell thought he saw these on the surface of Venus -- some think it was a reflection of the blood vessels in his eye,” Guest-host George Stephanopoulos said, reading the clue.
Defending champion Tyler Vandenberg, a marine from Washington DC, buzzed in to say, “what are canals?” It was deemed correct, he was awarded $1600, and the show moved on. But as it turns out, Lowell is actually well known in history books for discovering, and writing a lot about, the possibility of canals on Mars. And, as was accurately pointed out on Twitter, what he saw on Venus he described as “spokes,” which many believe he actually mistook his own eye for.
So while the clue was technically correct, the answer should have been “spokes.”
She also seemed to be nervous. Strange, considering she makes her living in front of the cameras. Still, there were the usual calls that she immediately be made permanent host.
Next up is the long awaited week of LeVar Burton.
I did notice he tended to respond with "we were looking for…" or a restrained "yes!!".
He really shined in the international jobs category, when he had to speak several non-English words.
I correctly guessed the Final Jeopardy question because my mythical creature ken is limited, and
At any rate, viewers described him as "positive" and "energetic". He also looks the part having aged into a wise sage appearance. Others, however, found his voice to be "grating". His first night was a poor performance. Regular Jeopardy! viewers seem resentful that his fans were declaring him the best host before he even began his week.
Perhaps his biggest criticism isn't actually a criticism but a trend that's been developing as this season progressed: Earlier hosts seem to have an advantage over later hosts. A typical comment for the last few weeks has been that the current host is fine but Host X appeared more knowledgeable, Host Y had a better smile, Host Z had a better wardrobe et al, and any of those three would be a better choice.
In other Jeopardy! news...
Full story at WSJ (but behind a paywall).
Fans had a laugh but were mostly sympathetic. One Reddit user wrote...
Patrick just manifested my worst nightmare. Finally get on the show, board isn’t to your strengths, get behind early, panic buzz, snowball, big RED. I feel for him.
David Faber has completed his week of hosting to overwhelmingly positive reviews. So overwhelming in fact that I can't find any bad comments about him. Viewers found him “smooth", "professional”, "confident", "well spoken" and "most personable like Alex". In addition to the usual calls to make immediately make him permanent host, he has quickly found his way onto (at the very least) most fan's short list.
The only negative for the CNBC financial host seems to be that few people have ever heard of him.
Like other hosts, Faber has a Jeopardy! connection having participating in and winning the 2012 Power Players Tournament. You might start thinking that Faber is a possible Cinderella story, coming to the game late and winning the prize. It seems, however, that's not the case (see news below).
In other Jeopardy! news...
Rumors are spreading like wild fire that Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards has been selected as permanent host and is already in advanced contract negotiations with Sony. If true, it wouldn't be too surprising. Richards, who guest hosted after Ken Jennings, was one of the fan favorites during this most unusual season. (It’s also rumored that Bialik and Cohen were among the standouts who had also been strongly considered for the permanent job.)
But hold the phone...
Outraged LeVar Burton fans are flooding social media with their anger over their guy not getting the gig and are vowing to never watch the show again. (See "Unintended Host Consequences" in previous post). This Burton storm is something the show could no doubt weather, unfortunately an older problem (from 10 years ago) has resurfaced.
During his stint as co-executive producer/executive producer on The Price Is Right, Richards was implicated in discrimination lawsuits by former models on the show, including in a 2010 complaint by Brandi Cochran who was awarded $8.5 million in damages; after an appeal, the case was ultimately settled. A later lawsuit with another model also was settled. (While featured in both complaints, Richards was only named as a defendant in the second lawsuit. It was later removed.)
Richards has yet to comment publicly on the resurfaced allegations that include insensitive comments about pregnant women attributed to him in Cochran’s suit.
Needless to say that, in this day and age, firing a prize model for getting pregnant and insulting pregnant women in general has (when piled on top of the Burton fanatics) dialed the outrage meter up to 11. It's assumed that Sony's sudden silence on the subject means they're rethinking the situation.
If you haven't seen Amondio play you should check him out. He chews up the board and leaves his opponents in the dust. He's already known for two legendary plays. One involved a late round-2 Daily Double in a tight game where he wagered a do-or-die $13,000 to take an unbeatable lead into the final round (see video above). The other was a controversial Final Jeopardy decision to bet almost his whole stack to maximize his winnings in a "can't lose" situation. The decision cost him around $15,000. (Was it greedy? Cocky? A smart play under the circumstances?)
At any rate, Amondio already has one record that will probably never be surpassed: He's the only player to ever win under three separate hosts. In fact, depending on how the future chips fall, he could increase this total to 4 or even 5 hosts. The strange days we live in eh?
Group #1: The Faction Argument
What the...? My guy lost?! But your guy sucks! Your guy isn't worthy to even walk on the sacred ground that the great Trebek has tread upon! Oh man! I am SO out of here!!!
Group #2: The PC Argument
So, after proclaiming your support of diversity and showcasing several guest hosts from various minority groups, you decide that the best replacement for Alex Trebeck is a hetero, Caucasian male who dislikes pregnant women? ...Uh huh... I am SO out of here!
Group #3: The Fix Was In Argument
Let me get this straight... Richards is the show's producer and executive producer and therefore has a HUGE say in who Trebek's replacement will be. Then, after squeezing all the publicity he can from the parade of guest host job applicants, he not only decides that HE'S the best person for the job but is negotiating his contract before the fans have even seen (much less commented on) all the guest episodes. And the bookies won't refund my money? Whoa, I am SO out of here!
Group #4: The Pro (or at least not anti) Richards Argument
Look, when Richards guest hosted the show he was highly praised by all quarters. He's not only in the top tier of most fan's lists but came in second (behind Jennings) in the fan poll. He's been a game show host and producer making him the most experienced candidate. He's even worked with Alex Trebek himself. Okay, he might not be your first choice but he IS a very acceptable choice. What's the problem here?
It's fair to ask what the problem is. Just as it's fair to ask if the Price is Right situation will be addressed. It's also fair to wonder how many people in the above groups are actual viewers as opposed to outsiders projecting their desires and dislikes onto Jeopardy! while the publicity spotlight shines on the show. Is this a merely a tempest in a teapot? A year from now, will Richards be mundanely hosting the show and who cares? Only time will tell. For now, as Willy Wonka might say...
The suspense is killing me. I hope it lasts.
Today he released a memo in which he (not surprisingly) denies mistreating models on "The Price is Right" ten years ago. He also says that although he has been asked if he would accept the Jeopardy! host position if offered, other hosts have also been asked and are also doing preliminary contract talks. No decision has yet been made. He points out that the final decision is not his but rather the CEO of Sony has the final call.
How much of this is true, and how much is spin / damage control, is anyone's guess.
Full story at CNN.
Note that since the Richards story broke, the bookie odds for LeVar Burton have dropped from 16-1 to 11-1.