Jeopardy! selects executive producer of Jeopardy! as new host of Jeopardy!

Mike Richards (right) will be the new regular host of <em>Jeopardy!</em> when it returns for its 38th season. <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> star Mayim Bialik will host "primetime and spinoff series."

Enlarge / Mike Richards (right) will be the new regular host of Jeopardy! when it returns for its 38th season. The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik will host "primetime and spinoff series." (credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik would share hosting duties on Jeopardy! when the show returns for its 38th season later this year, with Richards hosting the regular version of the show and Bialik hosting "primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship."

The former co-host of Beauty and the Geek and the 2012 reboot of The $100,000 Pyramid, Richards has served as an executive producer of Jeopardy! since 2020 and will continue in those duties while hosting the show. Bialik is best known for her roles on The Big Bang Theory and Blossom, and she also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Richards and Bialik will take over for longtime host Alex Trebek, who passed away in late 2020 following a pancreatic cancer diagnosis; his last episodes aired in January 2021. Throughout the rest of its 37th season, the show used a long list of guest hosts to fill in for Trebek at the podium, including Richards and Bialik but also former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, newscasters Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper, and book enthusiast LeVar Burton.

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