'Jeopardy!' Executive Producer in "Advanced Negotiations" to Become Permanent Host
A new report cites a source claiming that Mike Richards is "clearly the front-runner"
Variety reports that executive producer Mike Richards, who guest-hosted the show from February 22 to March 5, is in "advanced negotiations" to become the permanent host of Jeopardy!.
The outlet cites a source close to the situation who "cautioned that there's no certainty that the sides will close a deal and that other candidates remain in the mix," though "Richards is clearly the front-runner." A Sony Pictures spokesman said discussions were ongoing with several potential candidates, but would not comment on Richards' status.
Variety notes that Richards, who joined the show as executive producer in 2020, "impressed Sony Pictures brass" during his guest hosting period "with his command of the fast-paced game and easy on-air manner."
Richards has previously hosted Divided, The Pyramid, and reality shows Beauty and the Geek and Highschool Reunion. In 2008, he joined The Price Is Right as co-executive producer, ahead of becoming executive producer of the Let's Make a Deal revival the following year. In 2019, Richards executive produced the celebrity edition specials of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for ABC.
Upon the report's circulation online, Jeopardy! viewers reacted with disappointment and disbelief that the show's own executive producer would land the role as permanent host over LeVar Burton, who guest-hosted the show late last month.
On Twitter today, Burton reiterated, "I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I've won. The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure."
I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I've won. The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure. 🙏🏾— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 5, 2021
Jeopardy: tell us who u want— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) August 4, 2021
Everybody: levar burton
this is the biggest rejection of levar burton since dr. leah brahms found out about the holodeck program https://t.co/AGA73f5h4H— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 4, 2021
Everyone: We would love to have Levar Burton host of Jeopardy.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) August 4, 2021
Levar Burton: Yes please.
Jeopardy: We will give the job to the guy who hosted Beauty and the Geek, Mike Richards.
If SONY is going to play this game and hire the inside guy they knew they were going to hire to host Jeopardy after acting like they were going to entertain a diverse candidate, then I'm going to need SOMEBODY'S network to give @levarburton his own educational quiz/game show.— Dr. Raven the Science Maven (@ravenscimaven) August 5, 2021
LEVAR BURTON DID NOT GET HIS RIGHT FOOT CUT OFF, BE THE ENGINEER OF A WHOLE-ASS STARSHIP, OR TEACH THE ENTIRE WORLD TO READ JUST SO YALL COULD DO THIS SHIT. https://t.co/TaKnERpOsU— James III (@James3rdComedy) August 4, 2021
YALL COULD HAVE A WHOLE ICONIC LEVAR BURTON BUT YOU PICKING CHAD MCWHITERSON FOR... WHAT???https://t.co/Ks2I7ymhYi— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) August 4, 2021