JEOPARDY! executive producer Mike Richards is “in advanced negotiations to host” the hit show.
The gameshow has been searching for a permanent host following Alex Trebek’s tragic cancer death.
Executive producer Mike is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to host Jeopardy!Credit: Jeopardy/YouTube
Variety reported on Wednesday that Mike is in negotiations with Sony Pictures Television to become permanent host of the popular quiz show.
Mike, who has served as an executive producer since 2020, would take over Alex’s spot at host.
Alex served as the host of Jeopardy! for 36 years and continued his role on the show right up to his death in November 2020.
He first shared news of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019, while Alex tragically died of the illness in November at age 80.
Mike previously said that Alex wanted to stay out of the decision on who should be his replacement, as he said earlier this year: “It’s someone smart and credible that loves the show. That’s what he wanted.”
Since Alex’s final episode aired, a number of guest hosts have filled in for the longtime host as producers try to find a permanent replacement.
Past guest hosts include Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robin Roberts and Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton.
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