“Jeopardy!” has deserted its preliminary concept to return to a string of visitor hosts within the wake of Mike Richards’ ousting, opting as an alternative to let Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings take over for the rest of the yr.
Sony Photos Tv confirmed to Fox Information that Bialik will host a number of weeks of exhibits beginning Monday that can air by way of Nov. 5. After that, she and Jennings will cut up internet hosting duties as their respective schedules permit.
Sony Photos Tv introduced Richards as its first selection to switch Alex Trebek. Nevertheless, when he was stepping down after inappropriate feedback he made on a podcast resurfaced, the corporate stated it might return to a revolving door of visitor hosts whereas it regarded for a alternative. Now, the brand new announcement means these plans have gone out the window.
Bialik is an apparent option to fill in provided that, when Richards was initially introduced as the brand new visitor host, the “Name Me Kat” star had additionally had been tapped to host an upcoming crop of spinoff and particular occasion video games comparable to ABC’s “Jeopardy! Nationwide School Championship.”
In August, shortly after Richards stepped down, “Jeopardy!” introduced that Bialik would quickly take over common season play. She was introduced as taping three weeks of episodes forward of the announcement of extra visitor hosts.
The concept for visitor hosts occurred whereas Richards was nonetheless performing as an government producer on the present. Nevertheless, he was quickly fired from his place and now it appears plans to restart the visitor host search have been in flux till Bialik and Jennings have been tapped.
Jennings can be an apparent front-runner as a alternative host. Not solely is he nonetheless the record-holder for many consecutive wins and complete earnings, however he was the primary particular person the present turned to as a visitor host in 2020 following the demise of longtime recreation helmer, Alex Trebek.
What adopted was greater than a yr of friends filling the spot earlier than Richards was in the end named the host. The announcement of Bialik and Jennings as his replacements comes within the midst of Richards’ first and last week because the host of the present, which he filmed earlier than his time behind the rostrum led to scandal.
Richards had pre-taped 5 episodes of “Jeopardy!” earlier than stepping down as host. These episodes couldn’t be reshot or redone with out sacrificing the integrity of the sport in addition to present champion Matt Amodio’s successful streak.