‘Jeopardy!’: Mayim Bialik Speaks Out Amid Reports That She Will Fill In as Host for Mike Richards

by John Jamison

Mike Richards has officially stepped down as one of the permanent hosts of “Jeopardy!” That leaves Mayim Bialik as the sole selectee. She was originally intended to be the host of the game show’s specials, not the daily games. Fortunately, it looks like she’s willing to step up and take the whole thing on alone for the time being.

Bialik took to Twitter, reassuring the “Jeopardy!” watching public that everything is under control.

“There’s no place I’d rather be!” Bialik wrote in the tweet.

And she’s not kidding. Back in May, when she was gearing up for the premiere of her first guest hosting episode, she talked about how much she would love the role.

“Look, I’m on social media, I see what happens. I will say that for me personally, and academically speaking, this is a really, really, really lovely place that I felt so comfortable, and was really honored to be part of it in any way,” Bialik told USA Today. But I obviously feel very strongly that if people find me tolerable, this is a dream job.”

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Bialik is going to be locked in as the permanent host. “Jeopardy!” has said that it intends on going back to a rotating guest host system while it continues the search for a viable option. Is that Bialik? Perhaps. But only time will tell.

After all, fans were blindsided by the announcement that Mike Richards was tapped for the job. Most didn’t even entertain the thought of him being selected for the role. He was part of the committee responsible for choosing a replacement in the first place.

It’s safe to say the rules have gone out the window at this point.

How It’s All Going to Play Out for ‘Jeopardy!’ Season 38

As most fans know, Mike Richards began the first day of taping on “Jeopardy!” Season 38 before Sony pulled the plug.

Per CNN, Richards got one episode done with the reigning champ Matt Amodio playing. But now Bialik is taking over and will reportedly film three weeks’ worth of episodes. Beyond that, the executives at Sony are hoping to nail down a permanent option relatively quickly. Apparently, they don’t want a repeat of this process that has taken months.

All of that being said, “Jeopardy!” fans have not hesitated to chime in with their thoughts on the subject.

“I predict a lot of bad jokes, snickering laughter, and annoyed contestants who’ve waited a lifetime to compete only to face Blossom. Keep the integrity of the show @Jeopardy and hire #LeVarBurton,” a Twitter user replied to CNN’s tweet.

There has never and likely will never be a consensus when it comes to the ideal choice for a permanent replacement host. Mayim Bialik is the starting point.