Richards will take over at the helm of Jeopardy!‘s daily syndicated format, stepping into the role previously held by the late great Alex Trebek. Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory‘s Bialik is set to host the show in a limited capacity taking on primetime specials and spin-offs.
Bialik will serve as the host of Jeopardy!‘s newly-announced tournament Jeopardy! National College Championship which will air on ABC in 2022. The two previously acted as guest hosts following Trebek’s death, and beat out a long list of big names for the gig.
Among the guest hosts who served alongside Richards and Bialik are Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Buzzy Cohen, and Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude,” Richards said in a statement following the announcement. “I am incredibly humbled to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to make sure our brilliant contestants shine in each and every episode. Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show. I was fortunate to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and that will serve as the ultimate blueprint as we continue to produce the show we love. I am thrilled that Mayim is joining the Jeopardy! team. Her academic track record and enthusiasm for the game made her a terrific guest host. It will be a privilege to produce the primetime series with her as host.”
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