‘Jeopardy!’: Mike Richards is ‘Deeply Honored’ to Become Game Show’s Permanent Host

by Keeli Parkey

Since the news came to light that “Jeopardy!” has selected the two individuals who will host the show in the future, reactions have been pouring in. And unsurprisingly, one of the people lucky enough to land the coveted hosting gig is very happy to have landed that job.

As fans of the show are aware, both the show’s executive producer Mike Richards and “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik have been named the hosts of the show moving forward. Richards will have the responsibility of hosting the show’s weekly episode. Bialik will be in charge of hosting the popular game show’s special events. For example, she will host the 2022 “‘Jeopardy!’ National College Championship.”

Also, the announcement that Richards and Bialik will be the new hosts of “Jeopardy!” comes after many months of speculation regarding who would take over hosting duties after Alex Trebek. The famous and beloved host passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 in November 2020.

Mike Richards Said Becoming the Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Was ‘Never In My Wildest Dreams’

Mike Richards shared his excitement for his new role on “Jeopardy!” this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Unsurprisingly, Richards is very happy to be following Alex Trebek as a host of “Jeopardy!” Richards shared his comments in a public statement released on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of ‘Jeopardy!’ Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude,” Mike Richards said.

Richards also made a promise to fans of “Jeopardy!”

“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,” the new host also shared.

Appropriately, Mike Richards also commented on Alex Trebek and how Trebek’s decades of work inspired him as he takes over the hosting reins.

Richards Also Shared His Thoughts About the Late Alex Trebek

“Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show,” Mike Richards also said. “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.”

Episodes of “Jeopardy!” with Mike Richards as host will hit the small screen on Sept. 13. Richards also said that he is very happy to be sharing hosting duties with Mayim Bialik.

“I am thrilled that Mayim is joining the ‘Jeopardy!’ team,” Richards also said. “Her academic track record and enthusiasm for the game made her a terrific guest host. It will be a privilege to produce the primetime series with her as host.”

Mayim Bialik is also very happy to officially be part of the “Jeopardy!’ family.

“I’m so grateful and excited to continue to work with Mike Richards, and I’m just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony,” Bialik shared. “After all the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I am just so ready to get started!”