The wait for the new host of "Jeopardy!" is over!
The long-running game show announced not one, but two hosts to replace the beloved late host Alex Trebek for the first time in the show’s history.
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Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards is set to host the daily syndicated program and “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spin-off specials of the quiz show, The Daily Beast and Associated Press report.
The news was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement from Sony Pictures, per Hollywood Reporter.
"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!," said 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. 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," Ahuja added.
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."
Alex Trebek served as the legendary host of the show for 36 years. Since his death in 2020, multiple guest-hosts have gunned for the position, including Joe Buck, LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Bill Whitaker, Anderson Cooper, and George Stephanopoulos.
In August, Mike Richards, who at the time was reportedly in advanced negotiations to become the next successor, defended himself against past discrimination lawsuits.
The lawsuits in question, which date back to 2010 and 2011, allege that Richards mistreated colleagues while serving as an executive producer on “The Price Is Right.”
“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.
He added, “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.”
Bialik, who guest-hosted the show on May 31, later said it was an "immense honor" to take over the podium that Trebek once stood.
"This is such an iconic and unbelievable piece of our collective culture, to be considered to be part of it really in any way, it's an immense honor," she said. "Especially for someone who's dedicated so much of my life to academia to knowing things and to being able to communicate things."
The 45-year-old actress has her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
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