October 24, 2021

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‘Jeopardy!’ mess: Mayim Bialik to guest host, as research resumes pursuing Mike Richards’ exit

In the wake of Mike Richards’ exit as the recently named host of “Jeopardy!” very last 7 days, controversy proceeds to swirl around who will inherit the location still left vacant by the dying of Alex Trebek in November. For now, Mayim Bialik, who experienced been introduced as web hosting “Jeopardy!’ primetime spinoffs and specials when it was to start with revealed that Richards experienced been preferred to host the weekday syndicated clearly show, will provide as visitor host.

In accordance to The Hollywood Reporter, Bialik, who had been 1 of the collection of guest hosts who crammed in soon after Trebek’s dying, will tape 3 months of “Jeopardy!” episodes (which equals 15 episodes) when output on the demonstrate resumes this week. Far more guest hosts are probable to be introduced for upcoming episodes.

The web hosting scramble displays the shame that followed the news from Sony Pics Television, the output enterprise guiding “Jeopardy!,” that Richards would be the new long-lasting host.

It by now seemed suspicious that Richards, an government producer of the extended-managing quiz exhibit, was going into the occupation. Criticism only intensified with studies of discrimination lawsuits submitted when Richards was a producer at “The Cost is Proper,” and grew stronger continue to last week with reporter Claire McNear’s explosive story for The Ringer. In the story, McNear wrote about remarks Richards produced on a podcast in 2013 and 2014 where by, as McNear documented, “Richards continuously employed offensive language and disparaged women’s bodies.”

The tale also thorough allegations that Richards experienced been significantly much more associated in inserting himself into the visitor-host rotation on “Jeopardy!” than had beforehand been reported.

Related: As Mike Richards exits as ‘Jeopardy!’ host amid controversy, enthusiasts respond: He ‘trashed the reputation of Jeopardy!’

On Friday, it was announced that Richards was “stepping down as host efficient promptly,” and reviews claimed that Richards wrote a memo to “Jeopardy!’ staff members in which he stated problems lifted experienced designed it “clear that going ahead as host would be as well a lot of a distraction for our admirers and not the appropriate shift for the clearly show.”

The Hollywood Reporter tale cites resources who reveal that Bialik had been favored to take more than the weekday “Jeopardy!” internet hosting place, but that scheduling issues, involving taping the show and the 2nd time of her Fox sitcom, “Call Me Kat,” interfered.

“That reported,” the Hollywood Reporter tale continues, “Bialik has signaled she’s fascinated if ‘Call Me Kat’ year a few does not occur. ‘She’s stepping in for now but she’d absolutely be psyched to take on a bigger position,’ stated a individual acquainted with the system.”

Including to what is evidently currently an awkward problem, Richards is continuing in his position as an govt producer for “Jeopardy!,” at the very least for now. In accordance to Deadline, Richards, as host, experienced now taped episodes for a new time of “Jeopardy!,” and those episodes are anticipated to air.

— Kristi Turnquist

[email protected] 503-221-8227 @Kristiturnquist