Mayim Bialik (L) and Mike Richards are named as the new hosts of Jeopardy.
Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik have been named new hosts for “Jeopardy!” Sony announced on Wednesday.
Richards, an American television producer, will host the long-running daily syndicated program, while Bialik will host the prime-time and spin-off series.
“We took this decision incredibly seriously,” said Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for Sony Pictures. “There is an incredible amount of work and thought involved, perhaps more than ever in the selection of the moderators for a show – and rightly so, because it’s called ‘Jeopardy!’ and we follow the incomparable Alex Trebek. “
The game show has seen a number of guest hosts since Trebek’s death last November, including Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, David Faber and LeVar Burton.
Richards, who signed a multi-year deal with Sony in 2019, served as executive producer on “The Price is Right” for 11 years. He also worked as executive producer on Let’s Make a Deal. He has hosted several series including “Beauty and the Geek” and the 2012 revival of “The Pyramid”.
Best known for her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler in CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” Bialik is the writer, neuroscientist, and executive producer and star of Fox’s “Call Me Kat.”
She will host Jeopardy! National College Championship, a brand new tournament that will see 15 colleges compete against each other in two weeks of intense head-to-head competition.
Ahuja said a senior group of executives from Sony Picture Television consulted multiple panels and focus groups to select Richards and Bialik.
“We knew early on that we wanted to share responsibility for the hosts and it became very clear that Mike and Mayim were the undeniable choices,” he said. “You were both at the forefront of our research and analysis.”