Jeopardy update: Mayim Bialik will temporarily fill in

Mayim Bialik will temporarily fill in as syndicated host of Jeopardy!… after Mike Richards exited the post due to distasteful 2014 remarks

  • Mayim Bialik will fill in as the host of syndicated episodes of Jeopardy!
  • Sony Pictures Television announced that Bialik is scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes 
  • Production for the game show resumes this week for a total 15 episodes 
  • Additional guest hosts will be announced at a later date, the studio shared 
  • This comes just days after Mike Richards, 46, quit the gig after a scandal
  • Old remarks he made in 2014 putting down women and Jews were unearthed

Mayim Bialik will fill in as the host of syndicated episodes of Jeopardy! in the wake of Mike Richards’ exit.

Sony Pictures Television, which produces the long-running quiz show, announced that Bialik is scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes when production resumes this week for a total 15 episodes. 

Additional guest hosts will be announced at a later date, the studio shared.

On Monday Richards, 46, was spotted out for first time since sensationally quitting his hosting gig amid a scandal over his past sexist comments. He was with his wife Stephanie and a female friend in Los Angeles.

Happy to help: Mayim Bialik will fill in as the host of syndicated episodes of Jeopardy! in the wake of Mike Richards’ exit. Seen in 2017

It was previously announced that Bialik would host primetime Jeopardy! specials when Richards was chosen as the full-time host. 

However, Richards released a statement on August 20 that he would step down from hosting the show, nine days after he was chosen. He will remain with the show as an executive producer.

Richards’ unceremonious exit from the hosting gig came after episodes of a podcast he hosted while an executive producer on The Price Is Right resurfaced. 

A good fit: Sony Pictures Television, which produces the long-running quiz show, announced that Bialik is scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes when production resumes this week for a total 15 episodes

In the podcast, Richards repeatedly made disparaging comments about women.

During the segment, Triffon was discussing working as a model at the annual CES tech show event in Las Vegas, when Richards dubbed her a ‘booth ho,’ ‘booth slut’ and ‘boothstitute.’  

In another episode, the host commented that one-piece swimsuits made women look ‘really frumpy and overweight,’ while in January 2014, he responded to a remark about big noses saying, ‘Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.’  

Out: Richards released a statement on August 20 that he would step down from hosting the show, nine days after he was chosen. He will remain with the show as an executive producer. Seen in 2014

In a segment when Triffon was outlining issues with her apartment, Richards responded, ‘Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats.’

In a statement to The Ringer, Richards apologized for the inappropriate comments saying, ‘It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago.’ 

‘Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry,’ Richards added. 

Out and about: Richards was spotted out for first time since sensationally quitting his hosting gig amid a scandal over his past sexist comments; seen with his wife and a female friend in Los Angeles

Richards’ apology has fallen largely flat, prompting the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday to call for a formal investigation into his ‘pattern’ of offensive comments. 

‘New “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards’ disparaging remarks about Jews, women & Asians are no laughing matter,’ the pro-Jewish organization tweeted. ‘Stereotyping is an entry point to hate and his apology lacks acknowledgment of its harm.’ 

This came on the heels of revelations that Richards was named in a lawsuit by former Price Is Right models who accused him of making insensitive statements and taking other questionable actions around models on the show who became pregnant.

At the time of his exit, Richards had already taped multiple episodes, which will air as scheduled to maintain continuity with the contestants who won on those episodes.

The one everyone loved: Alex Trebek poses on the set of his game show Jeopardy in 2012

Richards and Bialik were two of the guests hosts for Jeopardy! as the show sought a permanent for replacement long-time host Alex Trebek after his death due to pancreatic cancer in November 2020. 

Others included LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Aaron Rodgers, and Ken Jennings. 

Richards’ selection as host was met with backlash from fans of the show, who believed that he had used his position as executive producer to influence the process in his favor.

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