Mayim Bialik to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for 3 weeks after Richards bows out

‘Big Bang Theory’ star, who is already slated to host prime-time and spinoff series, will take podium long occupied by Alex Trebek

Mayim Bialik, in Los Angeles, May 23, 2017. (AP/Damian Dovarganes/ File)
Mayim Bialik, in Los Angeles, May 23, 2017. (AP/Damian Dovarganes/ File)

LOS ANGELES — “Jeopardy!” is back to guest hosts, after the resignation of Mike Richards, and actor Mayim Bialik will return as the first one up.

Sony Pictures Television announced Monday that Bialik will take the podium long occupied by the late Alex Trebek for three weeks of episodes.

The 45-year-old “Big Bang Theory” and “Blossom” actor was one of many guest hosts who filled in for two-week stints in the past season, after the death of Trebek, who hosted the show for 37 seasons. Trebek died in November, at age 80, of cancer.

When Richards was announced as the new host on August 11, producers also revealed that Bialik would have an ongoing role as emcee for “Jeopardy!” prime-time and spinoff series, including a new college championship.

Sony’s news release Monday said that other guest hosts would follow Bialik, and made no mention of a permanent replacement.

Richards, the show’s executive producer, had been announced as host just nine days earlier when he stepped down Friday, after a report of past demeaning comments he had made about women, homeless people, Jews, and others on a podcast. Richards’ selection, after a parade of celebrity contenders, was met by a chorus of criticism.

The episodes that Richards taped last week will air when the show returns for its 38th season starting September 13.

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