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Over several months since longtime host Alex Trebek's death, fans of Jeopardy! saw 16 guest hosts, including males and females from many different walks of life from January 11 until August 13, 2021.
Sony Pictures, producer of Jeopardy! made the official announcement on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 that when the 38th season of Jeopardy! debuts on September 13, the game show will have two new permanent hosts.
A senior group of executives at Sony Pictures Television made the decision after reviewing footage from every episode hosted by all the guest hosts. Selections were also based on findings from multiple panels, focus groups, the show’s partners, and viewers.
It is no surprise that Mike Richards was named the permanent host of the daily shows. However, it was good to hear that it is official, and it was a surprise to hear that the popular game show will have not only one but two hosts. Sony also announced that actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will host new versions of the game show.
In its statement, Sony said contrary to social media rumors, executive producer Mike Richards did not choose himself to be the permanent host.
Why Two Hosts?
Mike Richards will host only the daily shows while Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship that will air on ABC next year. Sony said in a statement that Jeopardy! will extend its franchise to new platforms. Therefore, the hosting will be shared by two capable people.
The Greatest of All Time winner Ken Jennings will return as consulting producer for the show. He did not want to be considered to be the host because of his involvement with his game show, The Chase.
Who is Mike Richards?
All the officials agree that Richards is an excellent choice to be the new host based in part on his easy on-air manner and humble appreciation for the show, the contestants, and the game. Fans got to see him in action earlier this year. He was not scheduled to be a guest host, but he spent two weeks hosting during the pandemic as a replacement for someone else.
Richards has produced over 4,000 hours of game show television and has been a host of several game shows over the years. He has been an executive of Jeopardy! since 2020, but he has been a fan since he was 10 years old. He even tried to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica to prepare for the show.
When he guest-hosted Jeopardy!, fans around the world made up their minds then that he was the one they wanted in their living room every night. People posted positive comments on Twitter such as: “He is perfect for the job" and "No one will replace Alex, but Mike is the next best thing.”
Richards will continue to serve as executive producer of Jeopardy! as well as Wheel of Fortune.
Richards is a 17-time Emmy nominee and a winner of three Daytime Emmy awards. He was born July 5, 1975. The 46-year-old new Jeopardy! host graduated from Pepperdine University. He lives in Burbank, California with his wife, Stephanie. The couple has two sons.
Who is Mayim Bialik?
Mayim Bialik is an actress, author, host, and a neuroscientist. She is well-known for her award-winning role on The Big Bang Theory. As a guest host on Jeopardy! earlier this year, she was a fan-favorite. She was one of four female guest hosts. The other three were Katie Couric, Savannah Guthrie, and Robin Roberts.
Sony thought Mayim was an excellent choice to be the host for special programming. She is smart and is able to keep the show moving. She has charisma and can host without making the show about her. Therefore, she is well-suited for the position.
Reactions From the Two New Hosts
Richards said, “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!.” He continued:
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude. I am incredibly humbled to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to make sure our brilliant contestants shine in each and every episode. Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show. I was fortunate to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and that will serve as the ultimate blueprint as we continue to produce the show we love.”
Bialik said she was "thrilled" to be selected. The 45-year-old new host said it all started when her 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that she should guest host the show. She also said, "It turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life!"
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family. 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!”
List of Rotating Guest Hosts
|DATE 2021||GUEST HOST||PROFESSION|
January 11 - February 19
"Jeopardy!" Greatest of All Time Winner
February 22 - March 5
Executive Producer "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune"
March 8 - March 19
Journalist, Former "Today" show host
March 22 - April 2
Dr. Mehmet Oz
The Doctor Oz Show host
April 5 - April 16
Two-time MVP and quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
April 19 - April 30
Anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°
May 3 - May 14
"60 Minutes" correspondent
May 17 - 28
Former Jeopardy! Champion
May 31 - June 11
Neuroscientist and Former star of CBS’s "The Big Bang Theory"
June 14 - June 25
Co-Anchor of NBC "TODAY Dr" show
June 28 - July 9
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
July 12 - July 16
ABC News’ chief anchor and co-anchor of “Good Morning America.” Host of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
July 19 - July 23
Co-anchor of ABC’s "Good Morning America"
July 26 - July 30
Former host and executive producer of PBS’s "Reading Rainbow"
August 2 - August 6
Award-winning journalist and former "Celebrity Jeopardy! " champion
August 9 - August 13
Emmy-winning sportscaster for NFL and MLB coverage on Fox
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 12, 2021:
Cheryl, I debated about putting it on Vocal but chose to put it on HubPages so I could design the chart of all the guest hosts. Did we say some of the same things?
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 12, 2021:
I wrote about this yesterday on Vocal. Waiting for it to be approved.