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As Jeopardy! searches for a long-term host to fill the shoes of the late, great Alex Trebek, according to some fans, that search is over. Following the six week stint of Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings, the show found itself at a loss as other high-profile guest-hosts like CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to be postponed due to COVID-19. In stepped executive producer Mike Richards, who became an instant hit with fans. After guest-hosting his first show on Monday, fans were already clamoring for Richards to be given the role permanently, with more climbing on the bandwagon after his second show on Tuesday, which he opened with a beautiful shout out to Trebek.
“Working with Alex was even better than you could have imagined. His intensity for the show, his humor, his kindness, but most impressively, his love for his wife Jean and his kids. He was everything you could hope for and more,” Richards said. “He was an idol of mine, and I will work every day to try to live up to the example he set. So with that in mind, Sam, Aaron and Frances, good luck. This is for you, Alex.”