Jennings, Bialik hosts Jeopardy! until the end of the year
CULVER-STADT, Ca. (WROC / AP) – Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik are going to be Jeopardy! Shows that will air through the end of 2021, Sony Television officials announced on Thursday.
According to a press release, Bialik will act as an interim presenter for several weeks with episodes from September 20 through November 5. No on-air auditions of other potential hosts were announced.
It was previously announced that Bialik will host new prime-time and spin-off series, including a new college championship. Jennings, the record holder for the longest “Jeopardy!” Winning streak, is a consultant producer on the show.
The announcement came on Thursday after Mike Richards was ousted as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” Days after he retired as the newly appointed presenter of the quiz show when past misogynistic and derogatory comments surfaced. Richards is also no longer executive producer on Wheel of Fortune, according to a memo to staff confirmed by Sony producing both shows.
“We were hoping that when Mike was hosting Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruptions and internal difficulties we have all experienced in the past few weeks. That clearly didn’t happen, “said Suzanne Prete, a Sony executive, in the memo.
Alex Trebek, the popular national icon and long-time hostess, died of cancer last November. “Danger!” had a number of guest hosts, including Richards, who took turns at the lectern last season for shows filmed after his death. These included LeVar Burton, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts and Dr. Oz. Almost $ 3 million in donations – equal to the accumulated profits of participants – went to each host’s preferred charity.