"Jeopardy!" Brings In Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings As Permanent Hosts
A hosting mess rife with drama and intrigue: What is the saga of replacing Alex Trebek as the host of Jeopardy!?
In the wake of much controversy surrounding who would replace the legendary host of the game show, Sony Pictures Television has finally settled on Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings to take the reins.
Bialik and Jennings are slated to host the show "through the end of the calendar year,” as per CNN, until the powers that be decide who will be the permanent host to replace Trebek, who died last year after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jennings is best known as the Jeopardy! star who became the highest-earning American game-show contestant of all time, and fans of The Big Bang Theory will know Bialik as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler.
Since Trebek’s passing, many Jeopardy! fans have been up in arms about who the baton has been passed to. Over the last year, viewers have been delighted with a series of guest hosts including both Jennings and Bialik, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, LeVar Burton, and many more.
During the summer, it was announced that executive producer Mike Richards would become the permanent host of the show, while Bialik would step in for prime-time specials. That decision was later met with an onslaught of allegations about Richards’ behavior on sets and with fellow staff. Shortly after those allegations took over the news cycle, Richards quit the hosting job in late August.
He was also removed as producer of the show. Sony executive Suzanne Prete told staff at the end of August that they hoped Richards quitting as host “would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened.”
Bialik is on the docket to lead Jeopardy! from September 20 through the first week of November and, as Sony told CNN: "After that, Bialik and Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow.”