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Alex Trebeks ‘Jeopardy!’ host choice Laura Coates addresses snub

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America's iconic game show is in hot water again after CNN's legal analyst and radio host Laura Coates - a candidate hand-picked by Alex Trebek to emulate herself - said she "got said no" and didn't get a chance to host in early 2021.

In a speech Monday at "Tamron Hall," Coates, who had the social media rally behind her case last summer, said she "asked for the opportunity when it came time they were looking for people to possibly fill out."

Eager to be considered among current season 38 hosts Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik, along with other fan favorites like LeVar Burton and Aaron Rodgers, Coates said she "has definitely brought up [her] hand and knocked on the doors and found them closed. "

"And I asked for the opportunity. I was told 'no.'

The Post has contacted Coates and representatives of the show for comment.

The show's first decision to award the concert to executive producer Mike Richards backfired after alleged sexist comments from the short-lived host were revealed last summer. But Coates called the last few months a time "to remember to wear your own shirt."

Immediately after the Richards scandal broke, Coates took the big road past to post one of her "favorite" Trebek quotes in late August: "Do not tell me what you believe in. I will observe how you behave and I will make my own decision."

"You have to remember to continue to be your own master in other respects, and sometimes the vision you have for yourself or those who surprise you - other people - do not agree with what is happening and what happened. there, "she told Hall.

Coates instead focused on what seems to matter most: the high respect Trebek has had for the "lifelong fan" who would occasionally watch the show several times in the evening.

"There's a lawyer, Laura Coates. She's African American, and she appears from time to time in some of the cable news programs. Very light, very personal," Trebek told TMZ's Harvey Levin about his desired replacement, mentioning the Los Angeles Kings TV play-by -play voice Alex Faust - who was also rejected from hosting - would also be an excellent candidate.

None of Alex Trebek's wanted host candidates got the chance for a rehearsal show.
None of Alex Trebek's wanted host candidates got the chance for a rehearsal show.
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"I was actually as shocked as everyone else was when he first said it ... and I was thrilled when he said my name," Coates said.

"I thought, 'my God. This person that I've seen all my life even knows my name let alone think I would be worthy enough to fill his shoes, which honestly can not be filled?'" She said and mentioned that she was personally able to thank Trebek personally. and talk to him during his fight against pancreatic cancer.

Instead of shouting at the missed opportunity or mentioning names, Coates decided to shut down "Jeopardy!" dialogue with a bit of a good mood.

"I tell you, with the work I do now, do you know how much easier my life would be if I had the answers in advance?"


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