‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek’s Daughter Reacts to Mayim Bialik Host Announcement in Touching New Post

by Joe Rutland

The daughter of late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek shared her thoughts about actress Mayim Bialik being named as one of the show’s new hosts.

Nicky Trebek offered some kind, touching words toward Bialik in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Take a look at what Nicky had to say.

Sony Entertainment, which syndicates “Jeopardy!” on television, announced that Bialik and Mike Richards will become the game show’s new hosts. Alex Trebek, who had hosted the game show since it was brought back to TV in the 1980s, died in November 2020. Trebek fought a gallant battle with pancreatic cancer but succumbed to the disease.

Throughout the last season of “Jeopardy!”, guest hosts took turns over two-week and one-week periods. Both Bialik and Richards had two-week stints as guest hosts.

When the new season opens up, Richards will handle the day-to-day hosting duties. Bialik will host “Jeopardy!” specials and any possible spin-offs from the game show.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Will Have to Get Used to New Hosts On Game Show

While these new hosts will have to get used to their roles, “Jeopardy!” fans are definitely going to go through a time of adjustment.

Sure, they’ve spent this past season watching guest hosts behind the lectern. Richards and Bialik were among a number of guest hosts “Jeopardy!” used throughout the season.

Yet Outsiders might not have actually wanted Richards to take over for Trebek. A lot of fans wanted former “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings to get the role. As for ratings’ numbers, Jennings had the best ratings for his six-week tenure as guest host.

A Lot of Show’s Fans Wanted LeVar Burton as the New Host

Fans definitely had “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star LeVar Burton in their sights, Heck, Burton definitely made his desire to host “Jeopardy!” public. Also, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers campaigned for the role.

Richards, though, had the second-highest ratings at 5.9 to Jennings’ 6.0. In addition, he was the show’s executive producer.

In the game show world, Richards hosted “High School Reunion” and “Beauty and the Geek” on The CW. He also was a co-executive producer on “The Price is Right.” Richards did have some controversy swirl around him on that show.

Still, Sony made the final call about the game show’s new hosts.

Sony Pictures’ Ravi Ahuja made the announcement through an official statement.

“We are thrilled to begin the next chapter of America’s Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of ‘Jeopardy!,'” said Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures. “We took this decision incredibly seriously. A tremendous amount of work and deliberation has gone into it.”