February 3, 2023
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‘Jeopardy!’ Boss Speaks Out After Ex-Champ Yogesh Raut Blasts Present

Should you thought Yogesh Raut was a considerably divisive character on-screen, the latest Jeopardy! champ has solely continued to separate followers since leaving the present, spending the previous week social media.

Raut, a contract author and podcaster from Springfield, Illinois, gained three video games earlier than being defeated on final Monday’s (January 16) episode. Some viewers criticized Raut for what they perceived as “conceitedness” and “dangerous sportsmanship,” stating how he didn’t appear to congratulate the contestant who bested him.

Following the episode, Raut took to Facebook, addressing the complaints and refuting the claims of poor sportsmanship. However his forceful feedback didn’t cease there, as he continued to submit about Jeopardy! all through the week, at one level, saying the long-running recreation present was “not necessary.”

Jeopardy has not nor will ever be the Olympics of quizzing,” he wrote. “Jeopardy shouldn’t be the issue; its centrality to American quizzing tradition is…. There’ll by no means be wholesome quizzing tradition on this nation till we are able to study to cease pretending Jeopardy! is necessary.”

He added that his three wins will “by no means prime the listing of my quizzing accomplishments — not even my quizzing accomplishments of 2022,” and stated of the present, “It’s entertaining to look at however it bears the identical relationship to actual quizzing that ‘Holey Moley’ does to golf.”

Raut additionally addressed racist trolls, showing to carry Jeopardy! partly accountable. “It’s dangerous for girls and POC who need to be handled with the identical ranges of dignity as their White male counterparts,” he stated. “It’s essentially incompatible with incentivizing the following era of quizzers to excel, and it’s essentially incompatible with true social justice.”

Jeopardy! boss Michael Davies touched on Raut’s feedback throughout Monday’s Inside Jeopardy! podcast, the place he defended his proper to criticize the present.

“I like the truth that having been criticized, Yogesh took and defended himself… I might say vigorously and at size,” Davies said. “Right here’s the factor, Jeopardy! shouldn’t be susceptible to criticism. We’re not past criticism. You don’t have to come back on Jeopardy! and say pretty issues in regards to the recreation.”

“Simply as I wouldn’t take away the appropriate of individuals in our viewing neighborhood to precise issues they like or dislike, I wouldn’t ever need to censor a contestant who defends himself,” Davies continued.

“Even when what she or he has to say shouldn’t be probably the most flattering to Jeopardy! All our contestants deserve respect. It’s very troublesome to think about the strain you’re beneath. I believe Yogesh made some good factors inside his prolonged responses.”

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