After several months of guests taking the podium to lead the iconic game of "Jeopardy!" following Alex Trebek's passing, the show has officially named EP Mike Richards & actress Mayim Bialik the two new hosts!
The two will tag-team the hosting responsibilities with Richards hosting the traditional 30-minute long episodes and Bialik taking the "the franchise's primetime specials and spinoffs," as shared by 6ABC News.
“We took this decision incredibly seriously,” said Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for Sony Pictures to CNBC. “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.”
If you're not familiar with Richards, he has an impressive resume with television game shows! Besides serving as an Executive Producer on "Jeopardy!" for the 2020-2021 season, he was the EP on “The Price is Right” for 11 years and spent the 2019-2020 season as the EP for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." He has also hosted "The Weakest Link," "The Pyramid," "Beauty and the Geek" and "Divided."
"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!,” Richards said in a press release. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude."
Bialik is best known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory" and also has her doctorate in neuroscience!
"I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family. What started out with my 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that I should guest host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life! 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," Biliak also shared in a press release.
Alex Trebek hosted "Jeopardy!" for 37 years and passed away from stage 4 pancreatic cancer in Nov. 2020.