Jennings and Bialik will nonetheless cut up ‘Jeopardy!’ host duties
After a number of months of turmoil final yr, life went again to regular on the iconic recreation present “Jeopardy!” when Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik cut up internet hosting duties for the 2021-22 TV season.
It labored effectively sufficient that on Wednesday, government producer Michael Davies formalized the dual-host method by formally asserting each will return to the Sony Tv Photos franchise for the brand new TV season beginning in September. (The official announcement follows experiences earlier this week that Jennings and Bialik would keep of their roles.)
“We’re simply so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped as much as put the present able to succeed,” Davies wrote in a word to followers.
Davies stated Jennings can be on the host lecturer in September via December. Bialik takes over in January and also will host “Movie star Jeopardy!” on ABC and “Jeopardy! Nationwide School Championship.” (Bialik has a second TV job, starring within the Fox sitcom “Name Me Kat.”)
Jennings and Bialik have been introduced in after a short-lived stint by the present’s earlier host, Mike Richards, who took over after a well-publicized search that adopted the November 2020 loss of life of Alex Trebek, who had hosted the present since its launch in 1984.
Richards, who served as government producer on the present, was picked after overseeing the host search — a transfer that agitated the followers of different huge names competing for the job.
However Richards was compelled to resign in August, shortly after manufacturing started on the 2021-22 season, following experiences of various inappropriate feedback he made on a podcast a number of years in the past.
Jennings and Bialik, who have been among the many visitor fill-ins, have been introduced again to deal with the internet hosting duties after Richards departed. Davies took over his position as government producer.
Whereas the debacle surrounding the succession plan generated headlines and social media outrage, it didn’t reduce the present’s huge recognition. “Jeopardy!,” which is syndicated on TV stations throughout the nation and runs in varied time slots, topped 9 million viewers all through the previous season, making it one in every of tv’s most-watched nonsports exhibits.
The host controversy grew to become a distant reminiscence as viewers have been transfixed by the efficiency of “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider, who gained 40 consecutive video games, a streak that ranks solely behind Jennings’ run of 74 wins.