Mayim Bialik is set to serve as a temporary "Jeopardy!" host after previously announced permanent host Mike Richards stepped down from the position last week amid controversy over past offensive remarks.
Bialik, a former "Big Bang Theory" star, had already been announced as host of a series of "Jeopardy!"-related spinoff prime-time specials. She "will fill in as host of the Jeopardy! syndicated program this week," according to a Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson.
“She is currently scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes (15 episodes) when production resumes this week,” the spokesperson told The Hill on Monday.
“As we move forward with production on this season of Jeopardy!, additional guest hosts will be announced.”
Richards said Friday that he was stepping down from being the permanent host of the long-running program after The Ringer’s Claire McNear first reported on sexist comments he made during podcast episodes from 2013-2014.
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
“It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter,” Richards said in his email to his colleagues.
"I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence.”
"Jeopardy!" has been bringing in a plethora of guest hosts since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek last November, including actor LeVar Burton, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former “Today” show anchor Katie Couric.
— Judy Kurtz contributed.