Jeopardy in Jeopardy?


Mike Richards. Photo Courtesy of Quinn Eyman

   Since the death of Alex Trebek almost one year ago, Jeopardy has seen a rotating schedule of guest hosts, finally settling on executive producer Mike Richards to host the show permanently alongside actor Mayim Bialik. Recently, however, prior statements from Richards have arisen that have prompted his resignation.

   Jeopardy has been on air since 1984, with Trebek as the sole host until his death in 2020. One of the most popular game shows in history, Jeopardy has millions of viewers and 93 Daytime Emmys. The position of executive producer for both Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune during the 2020-21 season was held by Mike Richards until his recent resignation. 

   After the remaining episodes featuring Trebek aired, Jeopardy turned to a series of guest hosts to run the show. Matching the winnings from each episode,  Jeopardy made a contribution to the guest host’s charity of choice for the duration of their appearance. Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” Ken Jennings, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and news anchor Robin Roberts have all been among the guest hosts featured on the show. Actor Mayim Bialik, well known for her role in “The Big Bang Theory”, guest hosted in June, and she, along with Jennings, will assume the position of permanent host according to Jeopardy’s website.

   Prior to Richards’ resignation, he had been named permanent host alongside Bialik, with whom he was to rotate as host. Shortly after securing the position as co-host, numerous incidents from Richards’ past were brought to light. One podcast specifically, The Randumb Show, which was created by Richards while working for The Price Is Right, gave listeners a behind-the-scenes view. Reviews of the podcast episodes displayed consistent use of offensive language and derogatory statements toward women.