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    Why “Jeopardy!” Might Not Survive The Mike Richards Debacle

    “Many people saw it basically as kind of like Dick Cheney conducting a search for the vice president...and then deciding that he would be the best vice president.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed former Jeopardy! executive producer (and host for a day or so) Mike Richards. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Vox writer Aja Romano about the super-brief rise and spectacular fall of Mike Richards. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: Sony passed over all those celebrity guest hosts and instead hired the show's executive producer, Mike Richards. Why do you think he was the choice?

    Mike Richards holding an Emmy on the Jeopardy! set

    BuzzFeed Daily: Even with Mayim Bialik resuming guest host duties (for now) things remain messy. While she was a popular guest host, there's this growing backlash against her now, especially with her anti-vax history. It just begs the question, how could Sony executives not have foreseen these things coming? I mean, it's so easy to look these things up.

    Mayim Bialik at the Jeopardy! podium

    BuzzFeed Daily: Now we wonder if this quest to find a new, morally respected host is just a lost cause. In its decades-long run, the show has only had two main hosts. There was original host Art Fleming and then, of course, longtime host Alex Trebek. Each had reputations that matched the show's largely scandal-free record. Is finding another Fleming or Trebek even possible nowadays?

    LeVar Burton standing in front of the Jeopardy! screens

    If anyone needed further proof that NYC is not ready for climate change, there was major flooding throughout the boroughs, resulting in multiple deaths, a lot of infrastructure and residential damage, and suspended public transit.

    This looks more like a subway car wash than a subway station. This flooding has to be doing an incredible amount of damage to the NYC subway system.

    @mikesacconetv / Twitter / Via Twitter: @mikesacconetv

    It got so bad that the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Emergency for the city for the first time in history.

    New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland were also hit bad — at least 18 people were found dead between those states and NYC as a result of the storm.

    In other news, Joe Rogan continues to be as Joe Rogan-y as possible.

    Photo of Joe Rogan at a UFC event with a microphone

    As always, thanks for listening! And if you ever want to suggest stories or just want to say hi, you can reach us at or on Twitter @BuzzFeedDaily.