Video has resurfaced of former Jeopardy host Alex Trebek saying that he wanted CNN legal analyst Laura Coates to be his successor.
Who Alex Trebek wanted to replace him.
It’s all coming together now… pic.twitter.com/sklq9QZQbu
— ⭐️ with a Y ⭐️ (@wyntermitchell) August 19, 2021
Despite his wishes, executives appointed Mike Richards as the new host of the long-standing show.
In defense of the late host's wishes, fans took to Twitter to lament show executive's decision.
One user said she'd enjoy seeing Coates as host of the game show.
One user said they weren't a fan of Richards hosting Jeopardy.
Gross. He should not be hosting Jeopardy. Plus I've just learned Alex wanted Laura Coates to be his successor https://t.co/RLZu1mjK9p
— Really? (@ohhhreallyyeah) August 19, 2021
The criticism comes as the new host is facing backlash for alleged sexist comments he made in the past while hosting a podcast.
In 2013, Richards hosted a yearlong podcast called The Randum Show where he was accused of sexually harassing his co-host Beth Triffon and calling her names like, “booth ho” and “boothstitute,” the New York Post reported.
The 46-year-old host apologized this week for his remarks, however, his past actions have left people upset and confused as to why Trebek’s 2018 wishes to have Coates replace him were ignored.
I love Alex, an earthly angelic man. I hate how they're disrespecting him. He spent a lifetime honoring Jeopardy, with zero controversies, and this is what happens after he dies? Laura Coates deserves her moment in Jeopardy. She was his crowned princess.
— IntheCut-CM (@inthecutcm) August 19, 2021
In a TMZ interview, Trebek stated that he would like for Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust or Ben Mankiewicz, the host of Turner Classic Movies, to fill the role of Jeopardy's host once he stepped down. He was then asked who would he want as a female successor, to which he named Coates, Yahoo! News reported.
Shortly after the interview, Coates tweeted she was “humbled” that the late game show host even knew who she was and that he believes she would “be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching.”
Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I'm a genius) #Dying
https://t.co/qdMxWc9g5e via @TMZ
— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) July 30, 2018
Since the resurfacing of the interview clip, Coates hasn’t responded, however, on Wednesday, she tweeted one of her favorite quotes from Trebek which stated “Don’t tell me what you believe in. I’ll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination.”