Jeopardy! kicked off season 38 this week, and while some viewers have noticed the small tweaks to the set and music, most can’t help but notice that the host is Mike Richards. That’s because he stepped down as host and was fired as executive producer of the show last month, amid controversy surrounding his past. But since Richards taped five episodes of the show before stepping down, viewers are dealing with what many on social media can only describe as “awkward.” Especially after the way Richards opened Tuesday’s show.
“You know, the power of this show has always been derived from the contestants,” Richards said after taking the stage. “And my pledge to Jeopardy! fans everywhere, is to continue to make this stage a place where our contestants can shine their absolute brightest.”