Mayim Bialik to guest host daily "Jeopardy!" episodes after Mike Richards steps down

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Is Mayim Bialik hosting jeopardy?

Mayim Bialik, who in early August had been named the prime-time host for "Jeopardy!" specials, will be the show's first daytime guest host following the departure of Mike Richards from the gig. Richards remains executive producer of the series. CNBCMayim Bialik tapped as first 'Jeopardy!' guest host after Mike Richards controversy

Who is the temporary host of Jeopardy?

Mayim Bialik has been named temporary host of “Jeopardy!” according to the New York Times. The newspaper reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment will continue its search for a permanent host after the resignation of Mike Richards, who is the show's executive producer. pennlive.comSony Pictures names a temporary host of ‘Jeopardy!’, reports

Who is replacing Mike Richards on Jeopardy?

Jeopardy! Taps Mayim Bialik to Replace Mike Richards as Host for 3 Weeks. tvline.comJeopardy! Taps Mayim Bialik to Replace Mike Richards as Host for 3 Weeks

Bialik, who is most commonly known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory,"  will tape three weeks worth of episodes when production resumes this week, Sony said. More guest hosts will be announced as the season continues. 

When she was chosen to host the prime time specials and spin-offs, Sony chairman Ravi Ahuja said Bialik "has a wonderful energy, an innate sense of the game, and an authentic curiosity that naturally represents the Jeopardy! Brand."

Earlier this year, the show spent months auditioning a wide range of prominent figures — including Bialik, Richards, "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton and former champion Ken Jennings — to replace Trebek, who hosted the show for more than 35 years before he died last November.

In early August, the show announced that Richards would permanently host the daily episodes, and Bialik would host the prime time specials and spin-offs. But days later, The Ringer published sexist and derogatory comments Richards made on a podcast in 2013 and 2014, sparking backlash against the decision. 

Soon after, Richards said he would step down from the role, writing in a memo to staff that "it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show." Richards will stay on as the show's executive producer. 

Victoria Albert is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at victoria.albert@cbsinteractive.com

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