“Jeopardy!” Fans Angry Laura Coates Didn’t Guest Host After Alex Trebek Named Her as Possible Successor

Will fans rage quit “Jeopardy!” over this? / Larry French

What is: the snub of a lifetime?

As ugly and sexist comments made by newly appointed “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards have recently surfaced, many of the show’s fans have reignited anger that CNN legal analyst and lifelong admirer of the show Laura Coates was passed over for the gig — and a guest opportunity.

Coates, who Alex Trebek had hand-picked as a potential successor back in 2018, wasn’t given the opportunity to guest host during the interim, which many fans recently discovered upon the Richards scandal.

“I didn’t know this and now I’m MAD,” one Twitter user wrote in hostility.

Dr. Tara L. Conley, a media studies professor at Montclair State, wrote that Coates would have had a “mesmerizing” presence on the game show.

“She probably would’ve been an excellent Jeopardy host. Alex knew,” Conley tweeted.

“How is everyone forgetting this fact?? Alex wanted Laura Coates,” added another user, who cited remarks made by Trebek before his passing.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Alex Mitchell

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