Laura Coates says she was snubbed as ‘Jeopardy!’ host, despite Alex Trebek support

Speaking With Tamron Hall on her talk program previously today, Coates stated she “asked for the opportunity, when it came time, when they were looking for people to possibly fill in.” Nevertheless, she was refused.

Coates was advanced as a prospective follower by Trebek, who hosted video game program “Jeopardy!” for 36 years prior to his death from pancreatic cancer in November 2020.

“I actually was as shocked as anyone else was when he first said it,” Coates stated of Trebek’s remarks, including that she had actually never ever satisfied him.

“I was thrilled when he said my name,” Coates stated, including that she was “honored” that Trebek believed she merited sufficient to fill his shoes — “which frankly can’t be filled.”

Trebek made the remarks in a July 2018 interview with TMZ, and likewise stated he had actually recommended hockey analyst Alex Faust to his manufacturer.

Coates stated that she wished to be thought about as a host when the program was trying to find individuals, however she was snubbed.

“I certainly raised my hand, and knocked on doors, and found them closed,” Coates informed Hall on Monday. “And I asked for the opportunity, I was told no — which is one of those moments, Tamron, when you have to remember to wear your own jersey.

“You need to keep in mind to continue to be your own champ in other aspects and in some cases the vision that you have for yourself, or those that shock you from other individuals, do not line up with what occurs, which took place there.”

Long-time presenter Alex Trebek hosting "Jeopardy!"

CNN has actually connected to Sony Pictures Tv, which produces the program, for remark.

Coates stated she was a “long-lasting fan” of the game show, which has been on air since 1964.

“I in some cases will see it two times in a night and after that play it back for my kids so I have all the real responses, so I look even smarter to my kids,” Coates stated.

How 'Jeopardy!' got the host decision so, so wrong
After Trebek’s death, “Jeopardy!” named a series of guest hosts before ultimately appointing executive producer Mike Richards to the role for the season commencing in fall 2021.
Nevertheless, he stepped down after one taping day, following an examination by The Ringer site which exposed a list of offending remarks in Richards’ past.

It was later on revealed that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings — both part of the video game program’s tv household — would take control of hosting tasks.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.