Since Alex Trebek passed away in 2020, there has been a rotating door of guest hosts taking charge of the award-winning game show for the week. Those guest hosts included executive producer Mike Richards, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, former Reading Rainbow host Lavar Burton, and many more.
On August 11, it was announced that Mike Richards would be taking over as the show’s permanent host. At the time, Richards served as the executive producer of both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. It was also announced that Bialik would serve as the host of primetime Jeopardy! specials and a potential spinoff series.
Just nine days later, Mike Richards stepped down from his brand-new hosting gig following renewed publicity around his past lawsuits from work on The Price Is Right along with offensive jokes made on a podcast were brought up in the media. Read all about that here.
BREAKING: Mike Richards has stepped down as the host of Jeopardy! Official statement via Sony: pic.twitter.com/eJSwyBOXwN
— Claire McNear (@clairemcnear) August 20, 2021
While Richards stepped down as host, he remained as an executive producer. That is, until he was fired from that post as well on August 31st.
Before leaving his hosting role, Richards had filmed five episodes, which is equivalent of one day of taping. Instead of scrapping those episodes altogether, the show will be airing them before Bialik steps back in a host beginning September 20-October 8. After that, guest hosts will once again be gracing the screen until they find a permanent host.
The promos for the September 13th episode, which was the season premiere, did not include Richards at all. Instead it centered around 19-time champion Matt Amodio.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 13, 2021
This is why you will be seeing Richards on your television screens for the week of September 13-September 17.