Who is Mike Richards? According to Variety, he’s the new host of “Jeopardy,” currently in “advanced negotiations” with Sony Pictures Television regarding the role. The only problem? Nobody knows who he is, and “Jeopardy!” fans are far from pleased.
I leave America for two weeks and comeback and somebody named Mike Richards is about to become the host of Jeopardy… https://t.co/XlbNxTTHHh
Assuming Variety’s report is accurate, Mike Richards feels off-brand for the iconic show. “Jeopardy!” is especially known for featuring high-profile guest-hosts, including LeVar Burton (a fan favourite), Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Aaron Rodgers, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Ken Jennings, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Mayim Bialik, Dr. Oz, and many more. Fans are wondering: Why not go with one of them?
Sony’s decision remains unclear, though it’s worth noting that Richards so happens to serve as executive producer on “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” which may have had something to do with the seemingly strange selection. That said, the elusive Mike Richards does actually have experience in the field, as he’s hosted reality shows “High School Reunion,” which ran for six seasons, and “Beauty and the Geek,” which ran for five. So it’s not like he’s coming out of nowhere.
Still, based off of Twitter’s response, “Jeopardy!” fans have no clue who Mike Richards is — or, more importantly, why he was chosen over the numerous other options.
Everyone: We would love to have Levar Burton host of Jeopardy.
Levar Burton: Yes please.
Jeopardy: We will give… https://t.co/qN9n3JrSe5