Quiz Khalifa aka Host Malone aka Trap Trebek aka HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky has been pushed out of the live mobile gaming startup. The two divide due to disagreements about Rogowsky attempting to take a second full-time position hosting plays streaming service DAZN’s baseball show ChangeUp while moving to only hosting HQ on weekends, TMZ first reported. HQ wanted someone committed to their show.
Now HQ co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov confirms to TechCrunch that Rogowsky will no longer host HQ Trivia. He tells me that the company operated a SurveyMonkey survey of its top actors and they voted that former patron legion Matt Richards rated higher than Rogowsky. Yusupov says HQ is elicited to have Richards as its brand-new prime time host. It’s also putting out offers to more fame guests to legion for a few proves, a few weeks or even a whole season of one of its time slots.
The departure could still shake HQ’s brand since Rogowsky had become the de facto face of the company. But he was also prone to talking a good deal on the air and promoting himself, sometimes in ways that felt agitating from the game. Rogowsky has also been using HQ’s brand to further his stand-up slapstick job, splashing its logo on advertising for his demonstrates like this one below at a casino where” The centerpiece is a live trivia competition ,” he told WPTV5.
[ Update: Rogowsky has since commented on his departure via tweetstorm. He thanked the team and witness for their subsistence but didn’t mention the startup’s founders, confirmed his ChangeUp gig led to leaving HQ, and threw a dig at the company observing “I wasn’t given the courtesy of a departure show.”]