Jeopardy! fans 'furious' after they discover clue that game show could be canceled for DAYS

JEOPARDY! fans are furious after discovering a clue that the game show could be canceled for days.

On a popular Jeopardy! Reddit board, one fan posted a program alert that may affect west coast viewers of the game show.

They wrote: "Tonight, the NBA Finals will begin airing on ABC stations, meaning that if your ABC affiliate airs Jeopardy! in the prime access hour (7-8 PM), the show may be preempted."

A show being preempted means that it will be aired at a later date due to a more urgent broadcast.

Sometimes a rerun may be shown in its place but for Jeopardy! the 2022 NBA Finals, which features the Boston Celtics vs. the Golden State Warriors, will be taking over its usual time slot on the west coast.

The Redditor continued: "You may want to check with your local affiliate to find the correct airtime of the preempted episode(s)."


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The fan also went on to describe a possible future scheduling conflict.

"In addition, Disney purchased a portion of the television broadcast rights to NHL games starting this season, and with that deal came the exclusive rights to the Stanley Cup Finals this year."

He continues: "The schedule has not been released yet, but those games are expected to air once the conference finals are completed [in] the middle of the month."

Jeopardy! fans rushed to the comment thread to voice their disappointment.

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One fan posted a link to a video of the late Alex Trebek saying, "We don't like preemptions."

Another, however, cleared up any confusion, writing: "The weeknight games in the NBA Finals are 9 PM Eastern starts, so with the hour pregame, stations that air J! in the 7-8 PM hour in the Eastern time zone will not be affected, but the rest of the country will be affected if they air it at 7-8 in their time zone."

Other fans commented with the new time shot for their preempted episodes.

One wrote: "1:30 Friday AM KOTA Rapid City, SD GRR."

Another responded, commenting: "3:30 AM over here" with a sad face emoji placed at the end.


Preempted episodes and swapped time slots aren't the only dramas affecting Jeopardy! currently.

Levar Burton slammed the show and its disgraced producer Mike Richards for the “distasteful” way they snubbed him from the hosting job.

Fans have maintained that the 65-year-old Reading Rainbow star would’ve been perfect for the gig, had he gotten a fair shot to prove it.

While LeVar only got a short shot at guest-hosting Jeopardy!, he said he’s ultimately “happy” he hasn’t gotten the gig after how seeing how they handled everything.

It started with him calling up Mike early on in the process to gush about how much he loves the game show and would love to put his name in as a possible host, following Alex’s 2020 passing.

LeVar told The Ringer: “[Mike] told me later that he didn’t believe me. He didn’t sense in that call my passion.”

Along with agreeing with the reporter that that’s “interesting and surprising,” he added that Mike had even told him at the time that the producer “was not interested in the job.”

LeVar claimed that Mike told him that it was just “his job to help them find the right person for this job” and told him these things “twice.”

It wasn’t until fans created a massive online petition for LeVar to come Jeopardy!’s new host that the actor called Mike up again to convince him that his “passion was genuine.”

This led to his guest spot a few days later, though fans were upset when the episodes aired during the Olympics, which they believe contributed to lower ratings than they would’ve wanted.

LeVar said he also partially agreed with some fan’s thinking that he was “duped by the process” a bit, saying “it was not a competition to find a new host, really, because the fix was always in.”


After Alex's passing, a scoreboard's worth of celebrity guest hosts entered the running to be the iconic Jeopardy!'s new host.

It included actress Mayim Bialik, 46, and producer Mike – who later stepped down due to misogynistic comments.

Former champ Ken Jennings, 47, later entered the race and many are leaning towards the 74-time winner to score it for good.

LeVar shared that while he assumed “it was an equal playing field and they were really looking to find a permanent solution,” he “ultimately” was not happy with how they went about it.

“The way they got there was very distasteful and turned me off,” he said. “So I’m happy to have not gotten that job.”

Earlier this week, LeVar also opened up to Newsy's In the Loop about not being selected as one of two co-hosts.

Calling Jeopardy! "The game show that shall not be named,” he shared in the interview that his upcoming National Spelling Bee hosting gig was a "huge balm on an open wound.” 

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“The truth is, it was my favorite game show. It really was,” he added.

He shared he had watched since the Art Fleming era, who originally helmed the program starting in 1964 when it aired during the daytime, and the late Alex over in 1984.

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