'Jeopardy!' executive producer becomes overnight sensation after COVID forces him to host

After leaving Jeopardy! Legendary Ken Jennings after his six-week stint as a guest host, executive producer Mike Richards stepped in to fill the shoes of the late, great Alex Trebek. Though danger! Several high profile innkeepers are on the line, including CNN's Anderson Cooper, Today's Savannah Guthrie, and Green Bay Packers’s Aaron Rodgers. Many had to be postponed, as Richards explained on Monday when he first stepped on stage as a host.
"I'm hosting today and for the next two weeks to keep the world's biggest quiz show going," said Richards. “We have some great hosts who I can't wait for you to see. But with the COVID outbreak here in LA, people have understandably been a little reluctant to shoot. As a producer, it's my job to literally live the mantra, the show has to go on. So let's do what Alex did 8,244 times. Let's play Jeopardy! and prove that nothing can stop this show. "
Danger! Fans immediately went to Richards, and many called for him as a permanent host.
I think @Jeopardy can stop looking for Alex Trebek's replacement because their executive producer / temporary host - Mike Richards - is a FOX !!! I don't want to look at anyone ... pic.twitter.com/FjvlxFQEBN
- Ryan (@ thisismeryan13) Feb 23, 2021
Can Mike Richards host @Jeopardy forever, please?
- AM (@SLB) February 24, 2021
I hope @Jeopardy puts Mike Richards on the Host Chair permanently - it was excellent!
- Gerard Bush (@gerardbush) February 24, 2021
On Tuesday, Richards started his second day as an innkeeper with a warm greeting to Trebek.
“Working with Alex was even better than you could have imagined. His intensity for the show, his humor, his friendliness, but most impressively his love for his wife Jean and his children. He was everything you could hope for and more, ”said Richards. “He was an idol of mine and I will work every day to live up to the example he set. With that in mind, "said Richards, looking at the attendees." Sam, Aaron and Frances, good luck. This is for you, Alex. "
Richards previously hosted The Pyramid and Beauty and The Geek, and has won several Daytime Emmys to produce The Price Is Right.
Danger! is a syndicated program; Visit Jeopardy.com or check your local listings for the TV schedule.
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Over the weekend, Ricki Lake announced her engagement to Ross Burningham. And on Tuesday "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" she shared all the important details of the proposal. "I was naked in the hot tub with my husband the first night we stayed at my new Malibu home," said Lake. "And so it was romantic and very spontaneous and I couldn't be happier." Little is known about Lake's new fiancé, whom she has been dating since June. But the actress and former presenter said, “He's wonderful. Everyone who has met him just gets it. We are great together. “Legendary filmmaker John Waters was the other guest on the show. While he was happy for Lake, he wasn't so sure about the romantic setting about the romantic setting. "I've never been in a hot tub in my life," said Waters. "It's like a polio pit with stagnant water. This stagnant water with body fluids is just too Plato's retreat, too swingers for me ... but I'm glad you have one."
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