“Jeopardy!” is once again looking for a host.
A nearly-exhaustive search for late host Alex Trebek‘s replacement began not long after his passing with a slew of guest hosts taking a swing at the gig.
The with hosting position once again open, here’s a look at who might fill the job once held by the beloved Trebek:
Mayim Bialik will host ‘Jeopardy!’ spin-off events and could potentially take over the main broadcasts as well. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
A natural choice might be Bialik, who is already a member of the “Jeopardy!” family.
The “Blossom” alum hosted 10 episodes of the show from late May to mid-June and quickly became a fan favorite. She has since accepted a hosting position for the show’s spin-off (a la “Greatest of all Time”).
However, her commitments to acting – such as the upcoming second season of her sitcom “Call Me Kat” – could get in the way.
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Robin Roberts (left), Joe Buck (center) and Dr. Mehmet Oz (right) have all served as gust hosts in recent months. (Getty Images)
For several months now, “Jeopardy!” has done well without a permanent host.
Some episodes have been overseen by stars like Bialik, while others were overseen by “Jeopardy!” insider Richards, so it stands to reason that a rotating cadre of hosts could suffice.
Aaron Rogers recently said he’d have taken the hosting gig if it would have been offered to him. (Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP, File)
Furthermore, the Green Bay Packers quarterback recently said he’d have accepted the hosting gig had it been offered to him and would have found a way to make it work with his football career.
Fans lobbied hard to see LeVar Burton guest host, meaning he may have a leg up on becoming the permanent host. (Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize )
It took some time – and coaxing from fans in the form of a widely-shared petition – for LeVar Burton to be booked as a guest host on “Jeopardy!,” but when he appeared, he became a fan favorite.
In fact, when Richards’ casting was announced, many claimed that Burton, 64, would have been a better choice.
After choosing a host that turned out to be unpopular with audiences, perhaps “Jeopardy!” will turn to fan suggestions once again for his replacement.
Champion Ken Jennings has guest hosted the show and could potentially be offered the full-time gig. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
The first guest host to join “Jeopardy!” after Trebek’s passing was Ken Jennings, a frequent winner on the show.
The reaction to his hosting stint was generally positive, not to mention “Jeopardy!” may find it appealing that he’s already part of the show’s family and is recognizable by fans.