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Old 10-09-2019, 12:48 PM
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I suspect the producers already have plans firmly in place, and are keeping quiet about it out of respect for Trebek.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:10 PM
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I hate when they determine the specific end target for the search first (female of color) and work backwards from there. Just pick the best person.

I've always wanted Ken Jennings. I think I've read that he's interested, and he has the jeopardy cred to replace a giant, and I think he'd make a good host.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:21 PM
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I hate when they determine the specific end target for the search first (female of color) and work backwards from there. Just pick the best person.

I've always wanted Ken Jennings. I think I've read that he's interested, and he has the jeopardy cred to replace a giant, and I think he'd make a good host.
Yeah, we wouldn't want white males to be under-represented among TV game show hosts.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:35 PM
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I guess last night they aired an incorrect fact about Tetris blocks having names.

I have to admit, that guy did a great job making a fake manual page.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:12 PM
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Thatís wild.

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Yeah, we wouldn't want white males to be under-represented among TV game show hosts.

Thatís almost exactly the opposite of what was said. Literally that post was against taking underrepresentation or overrepresentation into account at all when choosing the host.

I would split the difference and say they should break a tie by going with a woman of color, but should not rule out a white man if that is clearly the best host. It really needs to be someone who basically knows all the answers without having to look them up.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:30 PM
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How often is the non-runaway score leader going into Final Jeopardy the only one to get FJ wrong?
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:43 PM
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It really needs to be someone who basically knows all the answers without having to look them up.
You understand that the host has the answers on cards in front of him, don't you?
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:57 PM
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You understand that the host has the answers on cards in front of him, don't you?

Yes, of course. But that doesnít allow them to instantly respond to a wrong answer with ďOhh, sorry: you were thinking of the Tudor Dynasty rather than the House of Stuart that succeeded it. That will cost you $2000, but you still control the board, pick again.Ē Thatís the kind of shit Alex Trebek can pull out of his hat, and it makes him a boss. (I have heard people complain that he is a showoff, but I love it.) I donít want that mastery replaced by some telegenic presenter who can read everything smoothly off of cue cards, but doesnít really know the stuff cold.
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:50 AM
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Yes, of course. But that doesnít allow them to instantly respond to a wrong answer with ďOhh, sorry: you were thinking of the Tudor Dynasty rather than the House of Stuart that succeeded it. That will cost you $2000, but you still control the board, pick again.Ē Thatís the kind of shit Alex Trebek can pull out of his hat, and it makes him a boss...
IIRC Trebek reads all the day's questions before they tape the games, so he can be aware of any tricky pronunciations. He even alludes to the fact sometimes during a game (e.g. "I'd never heard of this one either.") I don't think he's pulling all those Mister-Know-It-All wrong answer followups out of his hat. Not that I'm dissing him - He no less impressive all the same.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:57 PM
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IIRC Trebek reads all the day's questions before they tape the games, so he can be aware of any tricky pronunciations. He even alludes to the fact sometimes during a game (e.g. "I'd never heard of this one either.") I don't think he's pulling all those Mister-Know-It-All wrong answer followups out of his hat. Not that I'm dissing him - He no less impressive all the same.
Right, and Trebek has been doing this for 35 fricking years! So he's obviously picked up plenty of information in that time. He's very good at his job, but I don't think he's Ken Jennings or James Holzhauer smart. (We could also discuss whether their command of lots of facts is the same as intelligence, but that's probably another thread.)

As far as Trebek's replacement is concerned, it's not like there's a Game Show Host SAT test all the potential candidates can take, so that the showrunners can give the job to the person with the highest score, regardless of sex or race. In the end it will be a subjective call, probably made at least partly on the basis of test shows, audience surveys, focus groups, and the like.

But if, for instance, they're hoping to draw in more women, or younger people, or some other key demographic, and find that, for instance, a woman of color would accomplish that as well as or better than a white man, why not?

Whoever they choose, there will undoubtedly be those who will say that the new person is not as good as Trebek, and some who will say, if it's a woman of color, that she's not as good as some man they could have hired.
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:45 PM
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IIRC Trebek reads all the day's questions before they tape the games, so he can be aware of any tricky pronunciations. He even alludes to the fact sometimes during a game (e.g. "I'd never heard of this one either.") I don't think he's pulling all those Mister-Know-It-All wrong answer followups out of his hat. Not that I'm dissing him - He no less impressive all the same.
Also, when he makes comments like "You're thinking of his father," it's during the daily doubles and final jeopardy. It wouldn't surprise me if the producers put notes for those questions saying what some common wrong answers are.
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But if, for instance, they're hoping to draw in more women, or younger people, or some other key demographic, and find that, for instance, a woman of color would accomplish that as well as or better than a white man, why not?

Iím cool with that, as long as it is someone who is at least as good at the knowledge stuff as the average second place contestant. Anything less than that, no.
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