‘Jeopardy!’ guest host is an overnight sensation

Executive producer Mike Richards talks about his guest host appearance and carrying on the legacy of Alex Trebek.
4:31 | 03/01/21

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We will turn to our next guest who has recently become an overnight sensation. The executive producer of two of the most successful game shows of all time. We're talking "Wheel of fortune" and "Jeopardy!". After a covid outbreak in los Angeles, it left jeopardy without a guest host so he stepped in to fill the shoes of the late Alex trebek and he is joining us now to tell us all about it. Welcome to you Mike Richards. Thank you for being with us. So I was telling you, we talked a little bit before we came on television, you are a huge sensation in my house. We have "Jeopardy!" Viewing nights every night. So my daughters are huge fans of yours. You stepped in like a total pro. You know the show, of course, backwards and forwards. So how does it feel to be called an overnight sensation? Well, it's very strange, as you can imagine, and very flattering but I think the fact that there's been such a positive reaction to Ken, myself, and the people that are coming, I think it really speaks to the power of the brand, to the amazing Alex trebek, to my predecessor Alex freedman. The show is incredible and I think it goes more to that than really any person. We have to ask you, has any conversation been had, will any conversation be had, and will you be open to the possibility of hosting this show? There haven't been conversations. I think that the main focus that we're all looking at as the standard bearers for the show is what is going to be best for the show. So we'll look at every option. We'll talk to a lot of people. You'll see a lot of guest hosts coming through. So, no, that's where we are. It is about -- you know, the fact that Amy's family watches it during dinner, which I this is still great parents. I think it's really good. You know, that's what is important. We want to keep that tradition, it is a family show, it is an important show, and that's where we're focused. What's best for the show. And what will the audience do. And you're very humble and celebrating honoring the late great Alex trebek and you're opening the show by celebrating Johnny Gilbert. He has been the announcer since the beginning of the show. Why was that important for you to do? It was one of those moments where I was thrust into this in the last second and Johnny is such a legend and I felt like hey, of all people as the producer, I get to say hey, everyone, pay attention to how amazing this guy is. He is an absolutely -- absolutely should be in the hall of fame. He's an amazing guy. He's in the his 90s. She's just the voice of so I wanted to show him a little love and make him the focus, as Alex did, every day, when he came out and said, thank you, Johnny Gilbert. Mike, in speaking of Alex here, look, and you know, and I've spent plenty of time out you all and Alex in particular and talking to him as he went through what he went through the last couple of days but there was something -- and you didn't know he was going to do it and you didn't know these were his final episodes when you were taping them. He didn't know that. He had kind of a final message that he came out in one of the tapings in he was encouraging people to look out for one another and be better and that is something you wanted to continue to incorporate into the show. Why was that important to you? Why is that an important message to continue on with "Jeopardy!"? One of his final messages, the Monday show, and I wasn't even sure he was going to be there. He was obviously not in good health. What he did was amazing, just be tlg. I had chills just watching him. He comes out and gives this beautiful speech, where he ends with, we're trying to build a gentler, Kinder society if we all pitch in a little bit and he gives you the fist bump, we're going to get there. And I just felt like, when I had to step in at the last minute, the one thing we could do is to keep that legacy of just be kind. Thank you so much for being with us, Mike. We appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much. And keep watching, right at dinnertime. It's very healthy. Very healthy. I avoid all awkward dinner conversations. It's amazing. Any parent out there should try it. Mike, thank you. Thank you, guys. Be sure to check your local listings on when and where to watch "Jeopardy!." I can tell you if you're on the east coast or New York, it's 7:00 P.M. Eastern on ABC. I can't wait for your parenting book to come out. It's going to be great. Let's see how they turn out

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