‘Jeopardy!’: Mike Richards Pens Heartfelt Letter After Being Named Permanent Host

by Suzanne Halliburton

New Jeopardy! host Mike Richards is overjoyed that the quiz show made him the permanent guy asking for the correct question.

On Wednesday, Jeopardy! confirmed that Richards will take over the show to kick off its 38th season. Richards replaces Alex Trebek, who died last November of pancreatic cancer. However, no matter who the host is of the show, Trebek and Jeopardy! will be forever linked.

Richards was the show’s executive producer. And he was the second guest host after Ken Jennings who Jeopardy! tried as it sought a permanent host. Sony Pictures Television produces the syndicated show. Officials announced Richards’ promotion and said Big Bang Theory and Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik will host Jeopardy! specials. Bialik, like Richards, also was a guest host. One of her specials will be Jeopardy! National College Championship.

Richards wrote: “I love this show and everything it stands for. I was incredibly lucky to have a front row seat to watch Alex, who will forever be the best to ever do it. I pledge to Jeopardy! fans everywhere that I will work to create the best show possible for our contestants to shine. This show is and will forever be about the contestants and the amazing clues.”

Richards also applauded the selection of Bialik. “She is an amazing, one of a kind actor/host/director/producer/podcaster/mental health advocate/neuroscientist/author. You get my point. She is wonderful. There are so many great things ahead!”

Mark Your Calendars: New Jeopardy! Episodes Return Sept. 13

Jeopardy! announced on its website that production of the show starts in mid-August. The season 38 premiere is scheduled for Sept. 13.

The rotating guest hosts raised money for their favorite causes and charities. The total is approaching $3 million, Jeopardy! announced.

Richards will keep his role as the show’s executive producer. He’s a veteran of big game shows. The Price is Right once considered him to be the replacement for Bob Barker. He also hosted Beauty and the Geek along with the classic Pyramid, for GSN.

He’s served as executive producer on some of the most-watched game shows in TV history. His resume includes The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal and Wheel of Fortune. And he also was an EP on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Weakest Link.

He’ll take all that experience and combine it with what he learned from Alex Trebek.

“Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show,” Richards said in a statement to the media. “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.”

Stay tuned.