Fans can expect to see another new face behind the “Jeopardy!” podium, as the show’s executive producer Mike Richards plans to start his hosting duties next week.
Richards, a seasoned veteran in the game show arena, began his entertainment career as co-executive producer of “The Price Is Right” in 2009. One year later, he took on the title of sole executive producer of the show.
In 2009, he acted as a critical leader in getting “Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS and was named executive producer of that show. He has also worked as executive producer on America’s beloved “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel Of Fortune.”
In 2020, he took on executive producing responsibilities for the celebrity version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
In addition, he has three Daytime Emmy awards under his belt for his work in television.
Along with 17 nominations, Richards has spent over ten years as executive producer for various game shows. Richards also has on-air credits to his name, serving as host for shows like “High School Reunion,” “Beauty and the Geek,” and a 2012 reboot of “The Pyramid.”
‘Jeopardy!’ EP to Begin Hosting Duties While Show Decides on Permanent Host
Producers have yet to name a permanent host of “Jeopardy!” since the show’s former host and icon Alex Trebek died in November 2020.
With a lineup of new hosts scheduled in the upcoming months, audiences will get a chance to see a wide variety of faces, from celebrities to journalists who will take on the task of leading the game show board.
Fan-favorite Ken Jennings ends his guest-hosting run on Feb. 19.
Richards also revealed that Jennings had admitted to feeling nervous about filling the big shoes left behind by Trebek.
“Ken has told me that he’s felt an enormous amount of pressure,” Richards told Newsweek in Jan. 2021.
“He actually says at the beginning of his first episode that no one is going to fill those shoes. It’s silly to worry about trying to, so you go and you do your version of Jeopardy!—the best version of it you can. That is how you pay respect to what Alex did.”
Richards will be trading his executive producer hat for on-air talent when he hosts the quiz show from Feb. 22 through Mar. 5, 2021.
“I was very fortunate to have a front row seat to watch and study Alex,” Richards remarked. “Stepping in as a guest host was incredibly humbling, emotional and a lot of fun. It will forever be the honor of my life.”