In spite of the fact that many people may not have realized that Jeopardy! has been without a permanent host for nearly a year at this point. As of last season,Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings handled hosting duties.
The show's regular daily broadcast has been hosted by producer Mike Richards since August 2021...and then Mike Richards has quickly pushed aside once five episodes had been filmed.
Michael Davies, the series' executive producer and its winner of the Outstanding Game Show Daytime Emmy yesterday, revealed that the trivia-related uncertainty might soon be ending.
Davies did not shy away from discussing the Richards situation, saying it was referred to as 'the awkward months' around the Jeopardy offices.
(The show has won for three consecutive years and seven out of the last ten.) He added, 'But it also showed how passionately our fans care about the program, which is something that is critically important.'
Davis noted that the show has been making moves to shore up its hosting situation as it names a number of big winners in the intervening period-including Amy Schneider.
Mattea Roach, and Ryan Long -- all of whom had long streaks on the show, with Schneider and Amodio each breaking the million-dollar winnings threshold.
He said he hoped to announce the hosting announcement shortly. “In order to take this franchise forward, we're going to need multiple hosts to represent the entire country and audience, in order to meet our objectives.'
It remains to be seen whether these expansionist plans are enough to allow Bialik and Jennings to keep their schedules open for the foreseeable future...but you can only imagine.
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