By Stephen Proctor

Following the departure of Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings after his six-week stint as guest-host, executive producer Mike Richards stepped in to fill the shoes of the late, great Alex Trebek.

Though Jeopardy! has several high-profile guest-hosts lined up, like CNN’s Anderson CooperToday’s Savannah Guthrie and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, many had to be postponed, as Richards explained on Monday when he took to the stage for the first time as host.

“I’m hosting today and for the next two weeks to keep the greatest quiz show in the world going,” Richards said. “We have some amazing guest hosts coming that I can’t wait for you to see. But with the COVID outbreak here in L.A., folks were understandably a little reticent to shoot.

So as the producer, my job is to quite literally live the mantra, the show must go on. So let’s do what Alex did 8,244 times. Let’s play Jeopardy! and prove that nothing can stop this show.”

Jeopardy! fans immediately took to Richards, with many calling for him to be made permanent host.

Richards has previously hosted The Pyramid and Beauty and the Geek, and has won multiple Daytime Emmys as producer of The Price Is Right.

Jeopardy! is a syndicated program; visit Jeopardy.com or check your local listings for the TV schedule.

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