‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Weigh in on Report of Mike Richards Nearing Deal To Become Permanent Host

by Keeli Parkey

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the news came to light that one individual has moved to the top of the list of possible permanent hosts of “Jeopardy!”

That individual is Mike Richards, a longtime executive producer on the popular quiz show. Richards is just one of many famous people who have hosted the show since the death of legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek during November 2020.

Richards was one of the first guest hosts of the show. His brief stint took place from Feb. 22 through March 5, 2021, according to the show’s website. Richards also serves as an executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune.”

The list of other “Jeopardy!” guest hosts includes Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Buzzy Cohen, Mayim Bialik, and LeVar Burton. Burton was one of the frontrunners for the permanent hosting gig for many fans, even before he hosted the show from July 26 through July 30. Jennings was another fan favorite. Other guest hosts were also fan favorites as well.

Fans React to Mike Richards Hosting News

The news that Mike Richards and “Jeopardy!” are seriously discussing having him permanently take over for Alex Trebek has left some fans of the show pretty annoyed. These fans took to social media to share their thoughts on the news. And, honestly, some of their tweets have been pretty hilarious.

For example, Twitter user @alfredobofa shared this humorous photo with the caption: “The executive producer of jeopardy naming himself the new host of jeopardy.”

There is also this funny tweet from @maxthegirl: “‘After an extensive and totally fair job search, I have decided to hire…myself.’ – Mike Richards.”

Also, Twitter user @RandallPaints framed his response to the news about Mike Richards in a manner that will be very familiar to “Jeopardy!” fans. “Who is Mike Richards? for $1000 please,” the tweet reads.

Another “Jeopardy!” fan favored champion Buzzy Cohen over Richards. “Sorry but Mike Richards was boring and forgettable as guest host. Buzzy Cohen ran circles around him,” @vandrivingmom posted.

And, @bbmetsfan was simply stunned by the news, saying: “Mike Richards?? Really? #Jeopardy.”

Not Everyone Is Upset About Mike Richards Possibly Becoming the Permanent Host of ‘Jeopardy!”

Not everyone on Twitter was angry about Mike Richards possibly becoming the permanent host of “Jeopardy!”

Another example comes from @jaylen_nv, who was excited to learn that Richards might land the job. She felt that he brought a similar vibe to Trebek’s, saying: “Mike Richards did an excellent job hosting Jeopardy and having worked with Alex for so long, I felt Alex’s spirit shining through. Congrats Mike!!!”

User @texaskat2003 shared a simple, but encouraging message with Richards. “Good luck Mike Richards!!” this post reads.

Richards taking over is not a done deal (as of the evening of Aug. 4). So, it will be interesting to see how negotiations play out.