Jeopardy exec producer Mike Richards will take over as the full-time host of the syndicated talk show, replacing the late and great Alex Trebek.
Richards was but one of many guest hosts to effectively audition for the job. Others included fan favorite LeVar Burton appeared to acknowledge that he wouldn’t be getting the full-time job in a tweet recently.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!,
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude. I am incredibly humbled to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to make sure our brilliant contestants shine in each and every episode. Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show. I was fortunate to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and that will serve as the ultimate blueprint as we continue to produce the show we love. I am thrilled that Mayim is joining the Jeopardy! team. Her academic track record and enthusiasm for the game made her a terrific guest host.
It will be a privilege to produce the primetime series with her as host.”
Richards role as exec producer and involvement in discrimination lawsuits had taken the spotlight since news of his frontrunner status leaked last week.
Richards noted in his memo to staff,
“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,”
Richards addressed his role in those bias suits in a lengthy memo to Jeopardy staff earlier this week.
During his tenure as a co-executive producer of The Price Is Right, Richards’ alleged views on his female workers came into focus because of a discrimination lawsuit filed by Brandi Cochran in 2010 against CBS and FremantleMedia.
While Richards was exec producing the show, it faced additional pregnancy discrimination claims beyond those made by Cochran. They weren’t successful.
“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.
After all the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I am just so ready to get started!”
Mike Richards has been confirmed as the permanent host of #Jeopardy, taking the reins after a months-long process of on-air auditions to replace the legendary Alex Trebek. https://t.co/6SRBNh7I67 pic.twitter.com/CtDDuxlDSE— Variety (@Variety) August 11, 2021