‘Jeopardy!’: Mike Richards To Host Syndicated Show, Mayim Bialik To Host Primetime Specials & Spinoffs

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The search for new permanent host of Jeopardy! is officially over. The show’s executive producer Mike Richards has been named the new permanent host of the the venerable syndicated game show,, succeeding the late Alex Trebek. Additionally, Sony Pictures Television announced that The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik will host Jeopardy!’s primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming Jeopardy! National College Championship set to air on ABC next year. The Greatest of All Time winner Ken Jennings will return as consulting producer for the show.

“We are thrilled to begin the next chapter of America’s Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of Jeopardy!,” said Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures. “We took this decision incredibly seriously. A tremendous amount of work and deliberation has gone into it, perhaps more than has ever gone into the selection of hosts for a show – deservedly so because it’s Jeopardy! and we are following the incomparable Alex Trebek. A senior group of Sony Pictures Television executives pored over footage from every episode, reviewed research from multiple panels and focus groups, and got valuable input from our key partners and Jeopardy! viewers.”

Richards, who emerged as a frontrunner early in the search, was quietly appointed as the host of the syndicated program a couple of weeks ago while a deal with Sony Pictures Television, which will have him remain executive producer on the studio’s Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune, was being finalized.

The final speed bump on Richards’ road to the Jeopardy! lectern was the reemergence of lawsuits from his decade-long tenure as co-executive producer/executive producer on another game show, The Price Is Right. Richards addressed the complaints by former models on the show in a memo to staff Monday.

“These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show,” he wrote. “I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price is Right.”

Richards, who has hosting experience, was well received by fans when he served as a guest host earlier this year along with a slew of celebrities who filled in for the beloved Trebek. The show’s longtime host lost his battle with cancer in November. Richards emerged as an early frontrunner alongside Jeopardy! champion — and first guest host — Ken Jennings. They were later joined by LeVar Burton who became a sentimental favorite, landing the guest host spot following a grassroots campaign by fans and a petition that garnered 250K signatures.

Richards was named an executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune in 2020 under a multi-year overall deal with SPT. A three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and 17-time nominee, Richards also served as executive producer of Let’s Make a Deal. In front of the camera, Richards hosted Beauty and the Geek, Game Show Network’s 2016–17 version of Divided and the 2012 revival of The Pyramid. He is repped by UTA.

Bialik is best known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Currently, Bialik is starring in Call Me Kat on Fox, which she also executive produces. Outside of the realm of television, she also is the host of the mental health podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown” and she recently wrote and directed her first feature film, As Sick As They Made Us, starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen. Bialik is represented by WME.

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