Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik have been named as the new hosts of Jeopardy!
Richards will kick off Season 38 as the full-time host of the syndicated show, and Bialik will serve as the host of Jeopardy!’s primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship. Richards will continue to serve as executive producer(Opens in a new window) of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
“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!,” Ravi Ahuja, chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures, said. “We took this decision incredibly seriously. A tremendous amount of work and deliberation has gone into it, perhaps more than has ever gone into the selection of hosts for a show – deservedly so because it’s Jeopardy! and we are following the incomparable Alex Trebek.”
The decision was made by a senior group of executives at Sony Pictures Television who reviewed footage from every episode hosted by this season’s guest hosts. Research from multiple panels and focus groups as well as input from the show’s partners and viewers was also taken into consideration.
“We knew early on that we wanted to divide the hosting responsibilities and it became very clear that Mike and Mayim were the undeniable choices,” Ahuja said. “They were both at the top of our research and analysis. Mike is a unique talent, at ease behind the podium and a double threat as producer and host. Mayim has a wonderful energy, an innate sense of the game, and an authentic curiosity that naturally represents the Jeopardy! brand. We are excited to get to work with them both and are confident that they will carry on the legacy of this iconic show.”
In February, Richards served a two-week stint as one of the show’s first guest hosts.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!,” Richards said. “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.”
Prior to coming to Sony Pictures in 2019, Richards served as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let's Make a Deal.” He is a four-time Daytime Emmy® Award winner and 19-time nominee, who is also known for his work in front of the camera, having hosted five series including “Beauty and the Geek,” Game Show Network's 2016–17 version of “Divided” and the 2012 revival of “The Pyramid.”