Full-time ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Announcement Coming ‘Very, Very Soon’

Jeopardy! is preparing to finally announce a permanent successor for the late Alex Trebek. Their first attempt to do so lasted a very short period of time. Former executive producer Mike Richards was just nine days into his run as the new host when comments he made on a podcast ended his time as the host. He filmed just 5 episodes.

An announcement on the new permanent host is expected very soon according to Jeopardy! executive producer Michael Davies. He revealed backstage at the Daytime Emmys that an announcement was on the way “very, very soon.”

Since Richards’ time as the host ended, Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik and Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings have been handling the hosting duties.

“The scandal was, as we call it at Jeopardy!, ‘the awkward months,'” Davies said. “But it showed the power of our audience and how passionately our fans care about the program, which is just so important. What’s happened over the course of the season — Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider and Mattea [Roach] and Ryan [Long] — really made us just remember how incredible the game is. The stars of our show and Mayim [Bialik] and Ken [Jennings] have done incredible job hosting.”

Davies hinted that the announcement could name multiple hosts

Davies hinted that the announcement could name multiple hosts, “We hope to have a hosting announcement very, very soon. But with all of our plans for Jeopardy!, which is more Jeopardy!, not less, more versions, we’re going to need multiple hosts to represent the entire audience, to represent the entire country, in order to take this franchise forward.”

Prior to Richards’ short run the game show had several celebrities try their hand in Trebek’s shoes. Among the celebrities were Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actor LeVar Burton, and journalist Katie Couric.

Alex Trebek was the host of Jeopardy! from 1984 until his death in November 2020 at the age of 80. Over his decades-long career he hosted multiple other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

Trebek also made several appearances in movies and TV shows. The appearances were usually as himself. He received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host eight times for his work on Jeopardy!

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  1. I would like to see Mike Richards brought back as permanent host. Yes, I know what he said on The Randumb Show several years ago. But let’s get real…this was a comedy skit podcast. Let’s not forget that on SNL many years ago, Dan Aykroyd referred to Jane Curtain as “Jane, you ignorant slut” in a skit and the audience thought it was hysterical. When did we lose our sense of humor? Regardless, he was the best guest host of the entire group and should be judged on that alone.

  2. Mayim Bialik— she by far is the best. Smart, great sense of humor, a great asset to the show. Don’t think I will watch if Jennings. tho he is good, Mayim adds a spark to the show.

  3. At first I was ok with Ken Jennings and/or Mayim Balikpapan but I’ve seen Mayim favor some players over others, some she allows plenty of time to give the question and others she cuts them off early
    Ken Jennings I feel is more the style of Alex. I also like Buzzy Cohen as a host
    If Ken Jennings is too busy to take the position, hopefully Buzzy might want it

    • No, thank-you… There’s no question that he is very highly intelligent, but he has very little personality. He is also socially challenged. Not easy for me to watch .

  4. I am hopeful that Ken Jennings will be named the permanent host of Jeopardy. He is fair, fast and has the Jeopardy chops!
    On the other hand, Mayim has tried, but not hard enough. She can be off putting and rude at times. It seems some contestants are more to her liking than others. If you look with complete fairness, Ken is by far the better choice. Let’s not picked based on the “new age” societal issues.

  5. Hate Mayim, she’s way too impressed with herself to do justice to this historic show. I really don’t want to watch her puffing herself up and twitching her shoulders, will stop watching if the choice is her! I like Ken Jennings, confident but not as ass about it. Alex would have chosen Ken.

  6. I wasn’t a fan of Ken Jennings as a contestant but as a host, I think he’s the best of the group! Hands down! I like Buzzy, too. Mayim does tend to treat the contestants differently.

  7. NO BUZZY COHEN, please!!!!!
    Both Ken and Mayim have done an incredible job,
    as Alex’s replacement! I think they should continue
    to “switch off” as they have these past few months.

  8. NO BUZZY COHEN, please!!!!!
    Both Ken and Mayim have done an incredible job,
    as Alex’s replacement! I think they should continue
    to “switch off” as they have these past few months.

  9. I am very definitely team Ken Jennings. I can only do Mayim in limited doses, although I loved her on Big Bang…

  10. Jennings is the better
    choice. Mayim is awful; very slow on the uptake when saying whether the answer was correct, or not.

  11. I don’t like any of the choices. Ken is too arrogant, Mayim is too blah and the rest I didn’t watch enough. BUT Alex stunk when he first started too because the producers had him act like this was just another foolish game show, once the viewers started to complain that changed. However, let’s go back to the “old’ way that everybody got what they won and you could only be the champ for 5 days. And it would be nice to have the contestants have some decorum, many get on there and act foolish. Guess I’m too “old school” for the new Jeopardy.

  12. I don’t like any of the choices. Ken is too arrogant, Mayim is too blah and the rest I didn’t watch enough. BUT Alex stunk when he first started too because the producers had him act like this was just another foolish game show, once the viewers started to complain that changed. However, let’s go back to the “old’ way when everybody got what they won and you could only be the champ for 5 days. And it would be nice to have the contestants have some decorum, many get on there and act foolish. Guess I’m too “old school” for the new Jeopardy.

    • Ken does not have good social skills. Unfortunately, those skills are required for the host position.

  13. Ken Jennings is socially awkward, and that comes across to people who understand human development. As someone who worked for 43 years in the child development field, it is very difficult to watch him attempt to relate to the players…

  14. Ken Jennings relates poorly to cross cut of people.Comes across as arrogant snarky…he isn’t better than anyone. I believe “Jeopardy” put him on the map and on his way to wealth so you have given him enough. He isn’t pleasant to watch…no social personality. There are some of us that will simply not watch anymore and you have created the situation. Shame on you
    Cheryl

  15. PLEASE, PLEASE, NO LeVar Burton or Katie Couric. Katie is too cutesy and LeVar is like a stone face. I liked Buzzy Cohen but I read others did not. Keep Mayim at least. She does add quality to the show as well as the human factor. Too bad about Mike Davis. He was really my first choice in the beginning.

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