The guest-host experiment has "required a fundamental rethinking of how the game show is made and, for contestants, a realignment of how to play in the first place," says Claire McNear, pointing out that contestants sometimes don't know until the last minute who will be their guest-host, so they aren't ready for each host's particular cadence. Meanwhile, McNear asked executive producer Richards before Dr. Oz's episodes began airing about the controversy over his guest-hosting. “I think there was backlash with many of the people, including Katie (Couric), and what I’m seeing is that people thought she did a good job,” he said. “I think politically, the country is incredibly divided and that makes me sad, and I really have always thought that Jeopardy! is a great uniter that way. It is apolitical and there’s no place for divisiveness on it in any way, and that is what I want it to be going forward.” ALSO: Jeopardy! champion accuses Dr. Oz of making fun of her to producers during filming.