Bialik will take over hosting duties for the first couple weeks, starting Sept. 20 and running through Nov. 5. She and Jennings will then trade off as their schedules allow. The two of them will tape enough episodes to get “Jeopardy!” through the end of the year.
The news comes after the short-lived tenure of former “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, who was named host, then stepped down nine days later after insensitive comments he made on a past podcast resurfaced, along with two previous discrimination lawsuits from his time on “The Price Is Right.” Eleven days after stepping down as host, Richards was fired as executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, and the five episodes he filmed during that brief timespan began airing this week. His shows came with no indication of any behind-the-scenes turmoil.
Alongside the initial announcement that Richards would be “Jeopardy!” host, Bialik was also named as the host of the show’s primetime specials and spinoff series. She was recruited to fill in as the daytime “Jeopardy” host after Richards exited, which will now be her role through the end of the year. Michael Davies, executive producer on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, took over interim production duties from Richards, who was also fired from “Wheel of Fortune.”
After legendary host Alex Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, “Jeopardy!” filled in the main emcee slot with a series of guest hosts, which included Bialik, Jennings and Richards. Other guest hosts included LeVar Burton, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Anderson Cooper, Buzzy Cohen, David Faber, Aaron Rodgers, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bill Whitaker, Joe Buck and Dr. Mehmet Oz.