Jeopardy was short on guest hosts after Ken Jennings’ stint expired, so a chief showrunner had to take charge. Executive Producer Mike Richards stepped in Monday to serve as host of the quiz program, kicking off the broadcast by introducing himself and explaining to viewers at home why there wasn’t a more well-known face on their TV sets. COVID fears was the short answer.
The day after Trebek died at age 80 following a battle with cancer, the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards addressed viewers from the Jeopardy set in a taped introduction.
Sony Pictures TV, which produces both syndicated game shows, has named Mike Richards as the new executive producer for the two series. He’ll assume the role when the 72-year-old Harry Friedman steps aside after the 2019-20 season, his 25th at Sony.