Is this Jeopardy!‘s final answer? According to a report from The Daily Beast, the ABC game show is once again buzzing in with the permanent host expected to replace the late Alex Trebek — or rather, new hosts. As the series winds its long and winding chapter of guest hosts to a close, both Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik are reported to be the new permanent hosts for the series’ upcoming 38th season.
While Richards will host the daily syndicated program, Bialik is set to tag along hosting primetime and spin-off specials of the show. Decider has reached out to Jeopardy! for comment.
Bialik hosted Jeopardy! back in May, and at the time, many fans eyed her as a possible replacement for the hosting gig. “Just give [Bialik] the job already. She’s a natural,” one fan wrote at the time. Another added, “Mayim Bialik is terrific on Jeopardy. She has my vote for permanent host.”
Just last week, Richards was reported to be in advanced negotiations to become the permanent host of Jeopardy! The longtime TV producer became the executive producer of Jeopardy! just a year ago, and after a warm welcome from fans, moved into the next rounds. Last week, however, reports of Richards’ alleged discrimination and harassment from his 2010s stint on The Price is Right resurfaced, raising questions about his abilities to host Jeopardy!
Earlier this week, Richards responded to the allegations while confirming the Jeopardy! hosting rumors: “It is true that I was asked if I would consider hosting the show,” Richards wrote in his Monday (August 9) memo to employees of the ABC quiz show. “I was humbled and deeply honored. No final decisions have been made and discussions with me and other potential hosts are still ongoing. I know I have mentioned this to you all before, but the choice on this is not my decision and never has been.”
According to another write-up in The Daily Beast, Richards faced several lawsuits around a decade ago. Models accused him of bias against them when they became pregnant, accusing the producer of discrimination.
“These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. 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 wrote. “I know firsthand how special it is to be a parent. It is the most important thing in the world to me. I would not say anything to disrespect anyone’s pregnancy and have always supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys.”
Back last September, Richards opened up about Trebek’s replacement while record-setting champ Ken Jennings was rumored to be taking the podium. Richards denied the gossip, saying that Trebek would stay on board until he said otherwise: “[Trebek]’s our guy, and he’s our guy till he tells us he’s not our guy, and then we can have a different conversation,” he said to The Ringer. “I just don’t think it’s appropriate to have that conversation until Alex comes to me and says, ‘OK. This is my plan.’”
But Trebek passed away in early November 2020, leaving Jeopardy without a host. ABC opted to test out guest hosts in order to test the waters with audiences, inviting back past champs like Jennings and Buzzy Cohen, along with TV stars like Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, and Aaron Rodgers — and both Bialik and Richards, who seem to have ended up on top.
“The last year has been the most challenging in the history of the show,” Richards wrote in his memo this week. “I know we are all still dealing with the loss of our hero, Alex, while at the same time continuing to produce amazing shows for our millions of fans through the pandemic.”
Jeopardy airs weeknights at 7/6c on ABC.
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