Well, Jeopardy! has officially concluded its season of guest hosts, and the show can move forward with a new permanent replacement for Alex Trebek. Or rather, that’s what we thought: Barely a week after announcing executive producer Mike Richards as the new host of Jeopardy!, a series of revelations about Richards’ past—including gender-discrimination lawsuits and numerous misogynistic and offensive remarks made on his former podcast, the atrociously named The Randumb Show—have led to Richards tendering his resignation and stepping down as host. As a result, the show has once again announced it will soon resume production with a new series of guest hosts.
It’s anyone’s guess as to who will be behind the podium in the coming weeks. But there are some clear winners—and equally clear missteps—among the roster of those who already briefly filled Alex Trebek’s very large shoes. What’s obvious is that there’s simply no knowing who will make a good host until they’re up there on that stage, cameras rolling, delivering clues about everything from well-known brand names to the obscure mating habits of marsupials. As a result, The A.V. Club has assembled the names of every guest host thus far and ranked their performances, beginning with the ones whose names should be removed from consideration and ending with the best candidates to succeed Trebek. We’ll be updating this list in the coming weeks, should new guest hosts enter the fray, in order to place them in the rankings as well. But we have to say, barring yet another unpleasant surprise, it’s going to be tough to displace our current last-place occupant.