Jeopardy!’s Mayim Bialik to take over as guest host after Mike Richards resigns for past ‘misogynistic’ comments

MAYIM Bialik has been slated as a temporary host for the game show following Mike Richards’ exit.

The Jeopardy! host announced he would be stepping down just nine days after he was chosen for the full-time role.

Mayim will return as an interim guest host for 15 episodes

She will replace the previous choice, Mike Richards


She will replace the previous choice, Mike RichardsCredit: ? 2021 Quadra Productions, Inc., photographer Carol Kaelson. All rights reserved.

Mayim, 45, has been scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes when production resumes this week for a total of 15 episodes, Variety has revealed.

According to Sony Pictures Television, more guest hosts will be announced at a later date.

After Mike Richards was chosen as the lead host for Jeopardy, the network shared that Mayim would be stepping in for several “prime-time” specials.

The TV star will now serve as a full-time guest host after Mike faced allegations of “misogyny.”


After the game show star was named a host of the beloved program, rumors began to spread that he contributed to “toxic” behavior while working The Price Is Right set.

The allegations arose from Brandi Cochran, who said that in 2010 that she was “discriminated against” by CBS and FremantleMedia North America.

The model claimed that after she shared the news of her pregnancy to production, she was wrongfully terminated after giving birth.

Brandi alleged that before she was axed, Mike said: “Go figure—I fire five models, what are the odds one of the ones that I keep gets pregnant?” at a 2008 holiday party.

However, the Jeopardy producer denied any sort of mistreatment, saying: “I would not say anything to disrespect anyone’s pregnancy and have always supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys.”

Later, Mike spoke out to say that the lawsuits filed against him were “not a reflection” of who he is as a person.

“I want to address the complicated employment issues raised in the press during my time at The Price is Right ten years ago,” he wrote in a statement.

“These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. 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.”


Despite resigning from his new hosting role, Mike will continue as an Executive Producer on Jeopardy.

His statement read: “I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role.

“However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show.”

The statement concluded: “I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing.

“I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence.”

Despite naming Mayim as the guest host for the time being, Sony will now “resume the search for a permanent syndicated host.”

Mayim was originally slated as a 'prime-time' guest host for upcoming episodes


Mayim was originally slated as a ‘prime-time’ guest host for upcoming episodesCredit: AFP or licensors

Beloved host Alex Trebek died in November of 2020


Beloved host Alex Trebek died in November of 2020Credit: AP:Associated Press

The network has struggled to find a long-term replacement


The network has struggled to find a long-term replacementCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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