‘Jeopardy!’ Brings In 2 Permanent Hosts To Replace Alex Trebek

This man and girl are the brand new hosts of “Jeopardy!”

Who are government producer Mike Richards and actor Mayim Bialik?

“Jeopardy!” — the long-running sport present, as soon as fronted by legendary host Alex Trebek — has formally handed the torch to Richards and Bialik, Sony introduced in a press launch on Wednesday.

“We took this decision incredibly seriously,” Ravi Ahuja, chairman of worldwide tv studios and company growth for Sony Pictures, stated within the launch. “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 added that “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” when making their choices.

Richards, who joined “Jeopardy!” as EP final yr, will host the each day model of the present, whereas “The Big Bang Theory” star Bialik is about to host spinoff specials of this system, starting with the “Jeopardy! National College Championship.”

Richards, 46, was chosen as Trebek’s successor after he “impressed Sony Pictures brass with his command of the fast-paced game and easy on-air manner,” based on Variety.

He has had internet hosting stints on exhibits like “Divided” and “The Pyramid” for Sony Pictures’ Game Show Network, and on actuality exhibits “High School Reunion” on The WB community and “Beauty and the Geek” for The CW. He additionally acted as co-executive producer on “The Price Is Right” in 2008 and government producer of the movie star version of the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” specials for ABC.

The Daily Beast reported final week that “multiple women” had sued Richards, alleging he mistreated colleagues whereas engaged on “The Price Is Right.” He has pushed again on these claims and stated how he has been “characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on ‘The Price is Right.’” 

Bialik, 45, has performed iconic roles, together with the title character on “Blossom” within the early ’90s and neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” She obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007.

Bialik tweeted in regards to the information after Sony’s announcement, expressing her pleasure.

Trebek died in November, and the ultimate episodes filmed previous to his dying completed airing in January. Since then, plenty of visitor hosts have taken turns anchoring the present, together with LeVar Burton, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie, Ken Jennings, Robin Roberts, Aaron Rodgers, George Stephanopoulos and Bill Whitaker.

Burton specifically generated plenty of buzz, each earlier than and after his flip as visitor host. The former “Reading Rainbow” star first tweeted that internet hosting “Jeopardy!” can be a “dream job” in 2013, and followers have been launching social media campaigns on and off for years to attempt to make {that a} actuality.

Burton visitor hosted “Jeopardy!” for per week in July, and instructed Entertainment Weekly that it felt “overwhelming on so many levels” to be at Trebek’s lectern.

“You’ve got to be on top of it every second,” Burton instructed the publication. “It’s really challenging on every level. But it’s a very cool gig, and I feel like given an opportunity, I could get really good at it.”

When stories emerged that Richards can be getting the everlasting place, Burton tweeted that “no matter the outcome, I’ve won.”

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible!” he wrote on social media final week. “If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure.”


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