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‘Jeopardy!’ gets new boss after Mike Richards scandal

The “Jeopardy!” crew have a new head honcho to answer to. Following previous executive producer and sporadic host Mike Richards’ scandalous ousting last year, British producer Michael Davies is now the series’ newest showrunner. The Embassy Row productions president, 56, revealed on Thursday that he accepted the job offered by Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Today, I am delighted to announce that I have accepted Sony’s offer to become the show’s full-time executive producer,” Davies penned on the “Jeopardy!” blog. He continued, “I am both honored and humbled by the faith the studio and the staff have put in me. Over the next few months, the scope of our...
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‘Wheel Of Fortune’: Bellamie Blackstone Named Exec Producer Following Mike Richards Departure

Click here to read the full article. Wheel of Fortune has found its new boss. Bellamie Blackstone has been named exec producer of the long-running gameshow as it heads into its 40th season. Separately, longtime supervising producer Steve Schwartz has been promoted to co-exec producer. This comes after Wheel of Fortune was caught in the crossfire of last year’s Jeopardy! turmoil when Mike Richards, who was exec producer of both shows, was forced to step down. Schwartz stepped up to oversee the production of the show’s 39th season. It also comes after host Pat Sajak and co-host Vanna White signed up to continue on the show...
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Wheel of Fortune taps a new executive producer to succeed Mike Richards

Bellamie Blackstone, a veteran of Nicolas Cage's History of Swear Words and Kids Say the Darndest Things, will oversee Wheel of Fortune full-time following the departure of Richards last year as Jeopardy! and Wheel executive producer. Longtime Wheel supervising producer Steve Schwartz, who was interim executive producer this season, has been promoted to co-exec producer.

The ‘Jeopardy!’ Executive Producer Who Replaced Mike Richards Wants To ‘Get It Right’

Since Alex Trebek passed away in 2020, Jeopardy! has gone through an unprecedented period of messiness. Executive producer Mike Richards essentially anointed himself as host of the long-running game show before fall-out over resurfaced comments led to his dismissal; there’s still no single permanent host, although Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik have done a capable job of filling in. It hasn’t all been bad — Matt Amodio went on a historic run, and transgender champion Amy Schneider is using her platform for good — but the post-Trebek era has been rocky, to say the least.

The ‘Jeopardy!’ Ratings Are Already Proving That Dropping Mike Richards Was (More Than) The Right Move

Mayim Bialik — who is trading off Jeopardy! hosting duties with Ken Jennings for the rest of the year following the disgraced Mike Richards’ exit — recently declared that she gunning for the permanent hosting gig, and it sure looks like things are going promisingly for her. The former Blossom and Big Bang Theory actress’ first stab at the post-awkwardness vibe of Richards’ sole week of taped episodes revealed that audiences are digging her much more than Richards.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Were Ticked About Mike Richards Hosting Week, But TV Ratings Were Solid

Many Jeopardy! fans took to social media to voice their displeasure about Mike Richards taking the hosting job. There are, after all, several reasons for people to dislike the former executive producer and host. For instance, there are some lawsuits from his time on The Price is Right that doesn’t paint him in the best light. Then, the offensive remarks he made on his podcast came to light. Additionally, many people felt like he rigged the host selection process. Above everything else, he brought a firestorm of controversy to America’s favorite quiz show. In short, people hated the idea of Mike Richards hosting the show.

John Oliver takes another shot at Jeopardy! and ex-host Mike Richards

The Last Week Tonight host likened border patrol agents in Texas riding on horseback whipping Haitians seeking asylum last week to the controversial hiring and firing of Mike Richards Jeopardy! "It’s not great when our process for deciding who gets released and who gets expelled is as haphazard as the process in finding the new host of Jeopardy!," said Oliver. "And, by the way, great job so far, guys. You dodged giving that dude the job permanently and now we’ve got somebody absolutely free of controversy, Mayim Bialik. A person I think is great cos I don’t have Google.”

'Jeopardy!' Contestants Reveal What Mike Richards Did Before He Stepped Down as Host

When Jeopardy!’s new season premiered, fans were greeted with former-executive-producer-turned-host Mike Richards jumping right into the clues. But according to Jeopardy! contestants who played their games with Mike at the lectern, a few of his opening remarks were cut from episode. On September 13, Jeopardy! returned with new episodes hosted...

'Jeopardy!' Host Mayim Bialik Breaks Her Silence for the First Time Since Mike Richards Scandal

Mayim Bialik wants Jeopardy! fans to shift their focus back on the contestants of the competition, not think about who is hosting the show. On Monday, The Big Bang Theory actress walked onto the stage for the first time as Jeopardy!’s new interim host. “Thank you, Johnny Gilbert,” she said. “Welcome. I am so honored to be a part of the Jeopardy! family, and there is no place I’d rather be than right here with these amazing contestants.”

Mayim Bialik Doesn’t ‘Wish Ill’ on Ousted ‘Jeopardy’ Host Mike Richards, Responds to Vaccine Criticism

Big shoes to fill. Mayim Bialik is set to host multiple weeks of Jeopardy! until the show officially names a full-time host — but the job came with quite a bit of drama. In August, Jeopardy! announced that executive producer Mike Richards would take over as host following the late Alex Trebek’s death, with Bialik, 45, hosting primetime specials. However, the following weeks were packed with controversy as Richards, 46, exited the show after offensive comments about women and the Jewish community he allegedly made in the past resurfaced. He released an apology and stepped away from the show. Sony TV then announced that the Big Bang Theory alum and Ken Jennings will split the hosting duties until a permanent replacement is found.