‘Jeopardy!’ Fans React to Mike Richards, Mayim Bialik’s Permanent Hosts Announcement

by Clayton Edwards

Jeopardy! has been searching for a new host for months now. Alex Trebek died in November of 2020. Since then, a string of celebrity guests has stepped up to the show’s lectern to deliver the clues and guide contestants through the game. Fans around the world have made their opinions of each guest host known. Just about everyone who watches the iconic quiz show on a regular basis picked a favorite guest host to root for.

Earlier today, Sony announced that they had selected not one but two new hosts for Jeopardy!. Many said that no one person could hope to fill Trebek’s shoes. It seems that the brass at Sony agreed with this.

Mike Richards, currently serves as executive producer for Jeopardy!. He will host the regular weekly episodes of the show. He was the first to step up to the lectern after Trebek passed away.

Mayim Bialik will host the Jeopardy! spinoff shows. For instance, the former Big Bang Theory star will host the upcoming National College Championship.

Fans of the show are making their opinions known on Twitter.

Jeopardy! Fans Sound Off

To say that the overall fan reaction to the decision is negative would be an understatement. When HuffPost tweeted about the new Jeopardy! hosts, fans came in droves to let their feelings be known. 

At this time, there is one reply that supports the choice of both hosts. Twitter user Angry Biscuit said, “Excellent choices. These were my 2 favorites.”

However, several people are praising Sony for choosing Mayim Bialik to host Jeopardy!’s specials and spinoffs. For instance, Cindy Press said, “Mayim Bialik is an excellent choice!”

Another Twitter user said that they suspect that the show actually wanted Mayim to host full-time. However, some previous TV commitments barred her from taking the job. They opined that this was a way to “Keep her in the wings,” until she was available.

Most of the replies are calling foul on the choice of Mike Richards as a host. They don’t think the Jeopardy! EP is a good fit at all.

One reply stated, “Mike Richards can host my local landfill waystation. That’s about it.” Then, they demanded to know the exact dates that Mayim would host. “I will not risk seeing even 10 seconds of unrefrigerated mayonnaise.” Ouch.

One user named Steve Huntley said, “Nobody wants this except for Richards.”

Charles MacZeekies said, “Richards is garbage. I’m not watching him.” In fact, several people chimed in with similar replies. It looks like Jeopardy! will be losing some viewers due to this decision.

Other fans spoke out in defense of LeVar Burton. To them, no one but the Reading Rainbow host is fit to fill Trebek’s shoes. The GIF below sums up their reaction.