Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik have signed contracts to stay as hosts of Jeopardy, following in the footsteps of Alex Trebek.
The announcement comes two days following news that Jennings and Bialik would appear in it for the long run.
“The fact is, we have so much Jeopardy! to make, and so many plans for the future, that we always knew we would need multiple hosts for the franchise and we are just so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped up to put the show in a position to succeed,” said executive producer Michael Davis in a statement.
“In Mayim and Ken, we have two outstanding hosts at the beginning of their Jeopardy! hosting careers who connect with their own unique fanbases, new fans, and the traditional Jeopardy! viewer.”
Jennings is coming back for more. He’ll host Jeopardy season 39, which begins in September and lasts through December – counting the first Second Chance competition and the Tournament of Champions.
He’s got a stacked card for this one. From Amy Schneider and Matt Amodio to Mattea Roach, Ryan Long, and others.
Bialik will anchor the new segment of the show Celebrity Jeopardy in prime time ahead of assuming the host position from Jennings in January.
She will balance her filming schedule with Fox’s Call Me Kat to host new tournaments, including the National College Championships.
Jeopardy Plans to be Consistent
“We know you value consistency, so we will not flip flop the hosts constantly and will keep you informed about the hosting schedule,” Davies stated.
That consistency vow comes after a difficult search to find a replacement for Trebek. Following a series of guest hosts, Jeopardy first revealed plans for executive producer Mike Richard to be the permanent host. However, the decision was withdrawn after offensive statements previously made by him on a podcast appeared again, sparking a public protest.
Bialik and Jennings have been hosting together over the 2021-2022 season. On Monday, the episodes that will play will be repeated and will remain that way until the new season starts.
Other plans for Jeopardy include a podcast every week with the producers of the show that will give analysis, behind-the-scenes moments, and talks about new developments.