Jeopardy! Officially announced its new permanent host on Wednesday, proving previous reports correct. Executive producer Mike Richards will now host the regular syndicated version of the game show throughout the week, while actress Mayim Bialik will host the primetime specials and spinoff series. That includes the National College Championship event recently announced by ABC.
Richards was one of the first guest-hosts of the season after legendary host Alex Trebek passed away last year. After multiple reports indicated that Richards was taking the job, executives from Sony Pictures Television finally confirmed the news on Wednesday. In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, the company’s chairman of global television studios and corporate development Ravi Ahuja said: “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!”
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