Finally, a decision has been made regarding who would eventually host “Jeopardy,” Mayim Bialik or Ken Jennings. Both, is the reply.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed long-term agreements that will keep the two hosts’ roles on the well-liked syndicated game show split between them.
Bialik will still host primetime episodes of the program as well as the upcoming “Celebrity Jeopardy!” show on ABC. This person claims that more than one host was necessary because Sony wanted to promote more versions of the show. The Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat,” which has been renewed for a third season, is still under Bialik’s direction.
A representative for Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has been deciding how to replace Alex Trebek, the longtime “Jeopardy!” host who passed away in 2020, for months, did not reply to requests for comment.
The dual-host approach reveals the grand goals of the historic game show, which made its NBC premiere in 1964 and changed into the current early-evening format 20 years later. The executive producer of “Jeopardy!” Michael Davies stated in June that “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, to take this franchise forward.”
However, finding a host has proven to be difficult. To finish the show’s 2020–2021 season, producers first depended on a long list of famous guest hosts, from Katie Couric to LeVar Burton. Mike Richards, an executive producer, was intended to provide the concluding response, but after only two weeks he resigned after it was learned that he had made some contentious statements in the past.
Jeopardy! A host decision must be made soon: should it be Ken or Mayim? Both? Or perhaps somebody else? Vote!
The Jeopardy! There will be a hosting announcement “very, very soon.” Will it put Ken Jennings or Mayim Bialik in the position of full-time response reader? Or perhaps the veteran quizzer will chime up with a fresh suggestion?
Speaking to the media after Jeopardy! won Outstanding Game Show at this year’s Daytime Emmys, executive producer Michael Davies acknowledged the controversy and “awkward months” of last summer, when fellow EP Mike Richards was named full-time host before resigning after jokes he made about being anti-Semitic, misogynistic, and racist appeared online.
Since that time, the Jeopardy! The daily, syndicated hosting responsibilities are shared by GOAT Ken Jennings and Big Bang Theory alumna Mayim Bialik, with the latter also covering primetime specials. However, the duo’s present contracts are about to end, and “we expect to have a hosting announcement very, very soon,” Davies told our sister site Variety. Bialik’s Call Me Kat is scheduled for a full 22-episode season, starting this autumn on Fox.
However, Davies continued, “With all of our ambitions for Jeopardy! — which are more Jeopardy!, not fewer, and more variations — we’re going to need several hosts to reflect the entire audience to represent the entire country, to carry this franchise forward.
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