Actress Mayem Bialik and former “Jeopardy!” Champion Ken Jennings will be filling in as host of the beloved play show for the rest of the year following the departure of host and executive producer Mike Richards.
Bialik will host episodes airing from November 5, and then she and Jennings “split their hosting duties as their schedules allow,” Sony Pictures Television announced on Thursday.
While Bialik originally only hosted primetime specials and tournaments, Richards was hosting night games, but Sony announced last month that Richards would be temporarily hosted after his previous offensive reactions.
“Danger!” Most of last year, 16 guest hosts were turning up on the podium. “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts paid tribute to Trebek’s legacy while few others, including Levar Burton, Richards and Jennings, were contenders for the permanent seat.
Richards began the 38th season on Monday, after taping the opening episodes of August 19th. Sony has said that additional guest hosts will be announced at a later date until the new permanent emcee is named.
Bialik is currently starring on the Fox sitcom “Call Me Cat,” which won’t go back to medieval times, freeing her to step up.
Jennings has previously said he does not want to take over as host, “because that means we won’t get Alex.”
He added: “It’s sad to go there because, as an audience, I want Alex to be at the top of the show.”
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Richards, 46, was fired after the summer’s offensive comments were revived by The Ringer’s report. It includes several references from Richards’ podcast’s deleted episode, “The Random Show,” as a way to promote a behind-the-scenes look at the CBS game show “The Price Is Right,” “He was also an executive producer for that.
In the podcast, Richards repeatedly used offensive language to describe and humiliate women’s bodies, and they were taken offline, according to Ring’s 41-episode review.
Richards originally quit as an executive, not an executive producer. But he was dismissed from that role on August 31, a role he has held since May 2019.
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