Hazard! Host search ends when chief reveals up

Who is: probably the next Jeopardy! Host? After a lengthy process, it seems the fans have their answer.

A source associated with the venerable game show confirms E! News that Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, as executive producer last year, is about to iron out his deal to succeed the late Alex Trebek as the permanent host of the Trivia series.

The insider tells E! News that Mike’s job was lost from the start and that no other candidate was offered the role. Mike will follow in the big footsteps of Alex who hosted Jeopardy! For 36 years and died in November 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer.

“Mike has wanted this job since he came to Jeopardy!” Shares the source. “He met with key players in the production company and expressed his desire to expand his role and become both a showrunner and presenter.”

The insider continues, “Mike has been open to seeing himself as a Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest Kind of character who is able to both direct and host a show. “

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