‘Jeopardy!’ boss Mike Richards, Mayim Bialik to replace Trebek as hosts

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Jeopardy! executive shaper Mike Richards volition regenerate the precocious Alex Trebek arsenic big of the long-running quiz show, portion Big Bang Theory histrion Mayim Bialik has agreed to big the show’s assorted spin-off specials, Sony Pictures Television announced Wednesday.

Sony touted Richards and Bialik arsenic a two-person replacement for Trebek, who died of pancreatic crab past November aft hosting Jeopardy! for 36 years.

Richards volition instrumentality implicit arsenic the caller regular big of the amusement astatine the opening of Season 38, successful summation to his duties arsenic enforcement producer, Sony said. Bialik volition big the program’s assorted primetime and spin-off specials.

“We are thrilled to statesman the adjacent section of America’s Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our regular amusement and Mayim hosting caller versions of Jeopardy!,” Ravi Ahuja, president of planetary tv studios and firm improvement for Sony Pictures, said successful a statement.

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The announcement comes aft a play of rotating impermanent hosts connected the show, including Richards, Bialik, LeVar Burton, Ken Jennings, Anderson Cooper, Aaron Rodgers and Katie Couric.

Ahuja said the workplace enactment a “tremendous magnitude of enactment and deliberation” into choosing the caller hosts, and that executives “pored implicit footage from each episode, reviewed probe from aggregate panels and absorption groups, and got invaluable input from our cardinal partners and Jeopardy! viewers.”

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The determination came arsenic a stroke to immoderate fans who had campaigned for different candidates to instrumentality the job, specified arsenic former Reading Rainbow prima LeVar Burton.

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“Why couldn’t they conscionable springiness it to LeVar Burton similar virtually everyone connected the satellite wanted?” blimpish commentator Meghan McCain tweeted, amid a flurry of instrumentality unrest aft the announcement.

Sorry @Jeopardy..but you missed your accidental to truly marque an interaction here. We are each connected #TeamLevar… Love you @levarburton. What’s going to beryllium the crippled amusement you big that we ALL volition watch. #levaronjeopardy #levarburton https://t.co/PeCuiHsCxT

— Parvesh Cheena 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️❤️ (@Parvesh) August 11, 2021

“I person said galore times implicit these past weeks that nary substance the outcome, I’ve won,” Burton tweeted past week, erstwhile reports archetypal emerged that Richards was the frontrunner. “The outpouring of emotion and enactment from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If emotion is the eventual blessing and I judge that it is, I americium genuinely blessed beyond measure.”

I person said galore times implicit these past weeks that nary substance the outcome, I’ve won. The outpouring of emotion and enactment from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If emotion is the eventual blessing and I judge that it is, I americium genuinely blessed beyond measure. 🙏🏾

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 5, 2021

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Bialik broke into Hollywood arsenic a kid histrion successful the precocious 1980s, appearing successful her breakthrough amusement Blossom arsenic good arsenic hits like The Facts of Life. She aboriginal got a doctorate successful neuroscience and racked up assorted live-action and animated TV credits, earlier landing the ongoing relation of Amy successful The Big Bang Theory.

Richards is presently the enforcement shaper of some Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, and helium antecedently served successful the aforesaid relation on The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. His hosting credentials see the shows High School Reunion and Beauty and the Greek.

Richards faced renewed disapproval past week implicit a brace of decade-old lawsuits dating backmost to his clip successful complaint of The Price is Right. Two models had accused Richards of favoritism implicit his alleged effect to quality that the women were pregnant.

“These were allegations made successful employment disputes against the show,” Richards said successful a connection to Jeopardy! staff, which was published by Variety past week. “I cognize firsthand however peculiar it is to beryllium a parent. It is the astir important happening successful the satellite to me. I would not accidental thing to disrespect anyone’s gestation and person ever supported my colleagues connected their parenting journeys.”

He besides told that helium was not liable for choosing the adjacent host.

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“This is not my determination and ne'er has been,” helium said.

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