Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to divide hosting gigs for the popular game show Jeopardy. Alex Trebek is gone and is irreplaceable, but the show will live on.
According to Variety, Bialik and Jennings have signed long-term contracts, and we will see the two co-host the show as well as the upcoming Celebrity Jeopardy! Series.
The search to find a permeant host has been problematic ever since the death of longtime lead Alex Trebek in November 2020. Mike Richards was tapped as Trebek’s permanent replacement, but had to resign due to controversial commentary from a podcast several years made public.
“The scandal was, as we call it at ‘Jeopardy!,’ ‘the awkward months,’” executive producer Michael Davies said backstage. “But it showed the power of our audience and how passionately our fans care about the program, which is just so important. What’s happened over the course of the season — Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider and Mattea [Roach] and Ryan [Long] — really made us just remember how incredible the game is. The stars of our show and Mayim [Bialik] and Ken [Jennings] have done incredible job hosting.”
A Jeopardy! producer teased a future with two hosts when they commented on the show’s casting plans.
“But 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, in order to take this franchise forward,” executive producer Michael Davies told Variety.
Jeopardy! airs weeknights in syndication. Hopefully, this decision to keep two hosts going will appease longtime fans.
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