“Danger!” may have found their replacement for the late host Alex Trebek.
According to Variety, the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards, is in “advanced negotiations” to fill the position.
After Trebek passed away at the age of 80 in November 2020, a series of guest hosts have taken the reins, including LeVar Burton, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Mayim Bialik and more.
The outlet reports that Richards, 46, wowed Sony brass with his on-air presence.
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A Sony spokesperson said Variety that negotiations with several possible candidates were underway, although the representative did not elaborate on Richards’ negotiations.
A source familiar with the situation told the outlet that other contenders remained in the mix and Richards’ role as host was not yet guaranteed, but he was a favorite.
Richards previously hosted “Divided” and “The Pyramid”, both for Sony.
In addition, for the WB network, he previously hosted “High School Reunion” and for the CW, “Beauty and the Geek”.
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In 2008, he started working as a co-executive producer on “The Price Is Right” before becoming executive producer of the series a year later. He was also instrumental in selling the “Let’s Make a Deal” revival to CBS.
Before joining the “Jeopardy!” Richards produced more than 4,000 hours of game shows last year, Variety reports. He first came to Sony via ABC’s celebrity version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
In addition, he won a number of Daytime Emmys for his television work, including a win earlier this year for â€œJeopardy!â€
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Several other high profile stars have served as guest hosts, including Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Dr Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Dr Sanjay Gupta and former nominees Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen.
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Jennings, who was the first guest host after Trebek passed away and is widely known as one of the greatest “Jeopardy!” players, has long been considered the favorite for the hosting gig. He holds the record for most consecutive wins on the show with a streak of 74 straight games and has earned $ 2.52 million in regular play winnings, not to mention extra wins from later tournaments.
A representative for “Jeopardy!” did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.