Actress Mayim Bialik and former contestant Ken Jennings will split Jeopardy! hosting for the rest of 2021.
Sony Pictures Television announced the plan on Thursday, the same week that episodes filmed by host Mike Richards aired.
After the beloved host Alex Trebek died in November 2020 of complications of pancreatic cancer, Jeopardy! used a series of guest hosts, including Richards, to fill in when searching for a new host.
Even if Richards was initially knocked as Trebek’s successor, he resigned after the past misogynistic and derogatory comments he did on a podcast appeared.
Richards also lost his role as Executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of fortune.
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Bialik, who was among the celebrity guest hosts and had already been chosen as the host Jeopardy! prime-time and spinoff series, including a new college championship, stepped in to replace Richards as interim host. Her episode will air through November 5th.
After that, Sony says that Jennings and Bialik will share hosting obligations based on their schedules until the end of the calendar year.
No on-air auditions of other potential hosts were announced.
Jennings, the record holder at the far end Jeopardy! winning line, is a consulting producer on the show.