Fans of the long-running game show “Jeopardy!” can finally relax now that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have been named as the show’s permanent co-hosts.
The choice of who would permanently host “Jeopardy!” has apparently been made more than a year and a half after Alex Trebek’s passing.
According to numerous media sites, “Jeopardy!” will continue as it has for the majority of Season 38, with Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik alternating hosting duties. During this season, Jennings and Bialik have taken turns hosting the game show for a few weeks at a time.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is putting the finishing touches on “long-term negotiations” for Jennings and Bialik to continue dividing hosting responsibilities. According to Entertainment Weekly, no contracts have been signed, and Sony has not yet released a statement on the subject.
Throughout the negotiations, Sony representatives declined to respond to The Post.
Bialik will continue to host the show’s primetime episodes as well as the upcoming “Celebrity Jeopardy!” that is anticipated to air on ABC. According to the Daily Mail, Jennings will also continue working so that Bialik may finish filming her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.”
According to the latter media source, Sony could make the official announcement as soon as Wednesday.
The reports follow “Jeopardy!” by about a month. The show would “require numerous hosts to represent the entire audience, to represent the entire country, to carry this franchise forward,” executive producer Michael Davies, who took over after the Mike Richards affair, stated.
Our audience loves Mayim and Ken, and we can’t wait to work with them both, according to production sources who have been notified of the choice.
They adore the show and make it special for our viewers at home, just like our late beloved friend Alex Trebek.
When longtime presenter Alex Trebek abruptly left the position in August 2021, Mike Richards, who had been chosen as Trebek’s replacement permanently, took over. Before this, Bialik was chosen to host the primetime and spinoff episodes of Jeopardy!, including the Jeopardy! National College Championship.
Later, in November 2021, Jennings joined, and ever since, he and Bialik have alternated who sits in front of the podium.
Negotiations between Bialik and the publication “had mostly centered on [her] availability as the upcoming season of her Fox series Call Me Kat is slated to produce more episodes next season,” the source said. The sitcom’s 18-episode second season concluded with its May airing.
Jeopardy! Recently, the show’s executive producer, Michael Davies, said that this plan had been in place for a while.