Jennings and Bialik will still split ‘Jeopardy!’ host duties

After several months of turmoil over the past year, life has returned to normal at the legendary game show Jeopardy! when Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik split hosting duties for the 2021-22 TV season.

It worked so well that executive producer Michael Davies formalized the dual-host approach on Wednesday by officially announcing that both will return to the Sony Television Pictures franchise for the new TV season beginning in September.

“We’re just so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped up to put the show in a successful position,” Davies wrote in a note to fans.

Davies said Jennings will be at the host’s lectern from September through December. Bialik will take over in January and will also host ABC’s Celebrity Jeopardy! and Danger! College National Championship.” (Bialik has a second television job and stars on the Fox sitcom Call Me Kat.) Her appointment was expected.

Jennings and Bialik were brought in after a short-lived hiatus by the show’s former host Mike Richards, who took over after a well-publicized search for the November 2020 death of Alex Trebek, who had hosted the show since it started in 1984.

Richards, who served as executive producer on the show, was chosen after overseeing the host search – a move that upset fans of other big names vying for the job.

However, Richards was forced to resign in August shortly after production of the 2021-22 season began after he made a series of inappropriate comments on a podcast a few years ago.

Jennings and Bialik, who were among the guest representatives, were brought back to handle hosting duties after Richards left. Davies assumed his role as executive producer.

While the succession debacle made headlines and social media outrage, it didn’t detract from the show’s tremendous popularity. “Jeopardy!”, which is syndicated by television networks across the country and runs in multiple time slots, garnered more than 9 million viewers last season, making it one of the most-watched non-sports programs on television.

The host controversy became a distant memory as viewers were transfixed by the performance of “Jeopardy!” Champion Amy Schneider, who won 40 straight games, a streak only behind Jennings’ streak of 74 wins.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-07-27/ken-jennings-and-mayim-bialik-will-continue-to-split-jeopardy-host-duties Jennings and Bialik will still split ‘Jeopardy!’ host duties

Sarah Ridley

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