LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mayim Bialik is set to be the first guest host of “Jeopardy!” following the abrupt departure of Mike Richards last week, according to several reports.
Additional guest hosts are expected to be announced at a later time, as the show continues its search for a new permanent host.
“Jeopardy!” spent the last year with guests hosts in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2020.
Earlier this month, Bialik was named as the host of the game show’s primetime events and tournaments when Richards was announced as Trebek’s successor.
However, Richards resigned from the job last week after a series of controversial remarks he made in the past resurfaced. It was revealed that the 46-year-old made demeaning comments about women on a podcast.
In his resignation, Richards told staff that moving forward would be too much of a “distraction for our fans.” At this point, he remains as the executive producer of the show.
When Sony announced Richards and Bialik as hosts on August 11, the company said “Jeopardy!” would begin production on its 38th season in mid-August, with new episodes launching on September 13.