The future is right here for the “Jeopardy!” crew.
For the primary time within the long-running sport present’s historical past, two stars will take over the internet hosting reigns from the late, nice Alex Trebek.
Sony Pictures Television formally broadcasts that the quiz present’s controversial government producer Mike Richards, as properly as “the Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik, will host primetime and spin-off specials.
Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 years and 8.200 episodes up till his premature loss of life in November 2020. The Canadian native handed away on the age of 80 following his cancer battle.
Richards, 46, had been rumored for weeks to be the seemingly new host. The EP will begin off Season 38 as host of the each day syndication whereas Bialik, 45, is about to host a model new spin-off collection.
“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!,’” mentioned 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.”
Ahuja continued, “We knew early on that we wanted to divide the hosting responsibilities and it became very clear that Mike and Mayim were the undeniable choices. They were both at the top of our research and analysis. Mike is a unique talent, at ease behind the podium and a double threat as producer and host. Mayim has a wonderful energy, an innate sense of the game, and an authentic curiosity that naturally represents the ‘Jeopardy!’ brand. We are excited to get to work with them both and are confident that they will carry on the legacy of this iconic show.”
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!,” mentioned Richards. “Never in my wildest desires might I’ve imagined being chosen to step into a task of this magnitude. I’m extremely humbled to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to ensure our good contestants shine in every and each episode.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family,” Bialik mentioned. “What started out with my 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that I should guest host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life! I’m so grateful and excited to continue to work with Mike Richards, and I’m just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony. After all the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I am just so ready to get started!”
Since Trebek’s passing, a plethora of movie star visitor hosts has taken over his coveted chair, together with LeVar Burton, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.
Richards not too long ago elevate eyebrows when it was reported that he was involved in two lawsuits throughout his time as producer on “The Price is Right.” In 2010, mannequin Brandi Cochran claimed she was fired from the show as a result of she was pregnant. In 2011, mannequin Lanisha Cole additionally sued the collection for sexual harassment and she alleged that Richards and one other producer have been verbally abusive to her on set.
In an office memo allegedly sent to his workers on Monday morning, Richards mentioned his function within the lawsuits. “I want to address the complicated employment issues raised in the press during my time at ‘The Price is Right’ ten years ago. 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,’” he continued.