Jeopardy Moving Closer to Revealing Its Permanent Host, And No, It’s Not LeVar Burton

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Jeopardy is moving closer to revealing its new permanent host and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be LeVar Burton.

That’s because the game show is moving closer to finalizing a deal with executive producer and former guest host Mike Richards to become the new permanent host, according to Variety. This news comes after a massive fan campaign for the former Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek actor to become the new host after a successful guest stint.

For what it’s worth, Burton also pushed to become the new permanent host himself, but it seems the game show has other plans as Variety reports it is in “advanced negotiations” with Richards. If Richards is selected, he’ll be the first permanent Jeopardy host since the death of Alex Trebek, who hosted the show for 36 years, last November.

A Sony Pictures spokesperson told Variety that discussions with several potential candidates are ongoing, however. A source close to the show also told the publication that there’s no guarantee Richards’ deal will go through and that Jeopardy is keeping discussions with other candidates open as a result. Still, Richards remains the front-runner, according to that source.

Richards has produced more than 4000 hours of game shows ranging from The Price Is Right to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, along with many other television classics.

Beyond serving as one of the many guest hosts of Jeopardy since Trebek’s death, Richards is also an executive producer for the classic game show, a job he landed last year. Variety’s report says Richards “impressed Sony Pictures brass with his command of the fast-paced game and easy on-air manner.”

For more about Jeopardy, check out this heartwarming moment from 2019 when one contestant did something so nice that it almost brought Trebek to tears.

Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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