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Has "Jeopardy!" found its new host?

Following Alex Trebek’s death in November, famed contestant Ken Jennings took over as guest host for a six-week stint. As Jennings’ time as host came to an end, a new interim host stepped up to the plate in the form of the show's executive producer Mike Richards.

In appearing on the popular game show, the 45-year-old quickly captured the hearts of "Jeopardy!" fans with his charming personality, warm voice and impeccable charisma — ultimately leading to an outpouring of support online, with many calling to make Richards the permanent host of the show.

"Mike Richards is A+ so far. Super palatable, just the right amount of jokes, not trying to bask in the limelight," one Twitter user wrote. "Keep him!"



"I like this Mike Richards guy as a Jeopardy host," said another user. "Not overbearing or distracting, and perfectly pleasant. It should be nice to see him get more comfortable and test the water over the coming days. Thinking maybe a relative unknown might be a decent lock."


"Please keep Mike Richards on @Jeopardy for forever. He’s confident, charming, and easy on the eyes," one user said. "No one will replace Alex, but Mike is the next best thing."

"My vote is for Mike Richards as the new @Jeopardy host!  What an awesome job," one user simply wrote.

In an interview with USA Today, Richards revealed he did not know of the "Jeopardy!" hosting gig "until three days before" filming.

'Jeopardy!' fans are calling for executive producer Mike Richards to become the show's next host.  (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)


"I didn’t know I was going to be doing it until three days before, and so I had not prepared myself to host in the way that I know other guest hosts are," Richards stated in the interview. "So there was just a lot to unpack."

"Plus, I also only owned one suit, so there was a little bit of scrambling there," the host humorously recalled. "It was very fun; humbling doesn’t begin to describe the feeling. It hit me like a ton of bricks when Johnny Gilbert announced my name. That’s of course the last thing you hear when you start to walk out. … and it was overwhelming in the moment."

Richards, who has also served as the executive producer for "The Price is Right" and "Let’s Make a Deal," is a veteran of the game show industry. Alongside his production credits, Richards has hosted game shows such as GSN’s "The Pyramid" and "Divided."

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Electronic Headset Helps Legally Blind Colorado Graphic Designer See

DENVER (CBS4) – A graphic designer who has worked in the television industry for 30 years has been slowly losing his vision. Mike Jones has a genetic disease with no cure. But he was offered the use of a special pair of goggles.

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Mike tells Health Specialist Kathy Walsh that as his vision gets worse, IrisVision has helped him see.

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His work is exceptional. Mike is a designer, animator, director and award winner. He creates on his computer. But 8 years ago, he started to lose sight of it.

“I started having trouble driving at night. That was the first time I noticed it,” he said.
Mike has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease.

It is genetic. Mike’s father is totally blind. Now, Mike is legally blind.

“I don’t have central vision,” he explained.

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By day, it’s like a fog. By night …

“It’s basically a black spot,” said Mike.

He has been coping by using tools to help blind people. He’s been given the chance to try a $2,950 device called IrisVision. It’s a Samsung smartphone that fits into a virtual reality headset. It’s got software to help with contrast and magnification.

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“And now I can see you, Kathy,” Mike said as he demonstrated the goggles. “And I can see details.”

Mike can control it with touch or his voice.

With IrisVision, Mike can now see the controls so he can start the oven and dishwasher. He can change a battery in his smoke alarm.

“It’s the only way sometimes I can get something done,” he said.

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With the help of the technology, Mike has even taken on new projects.

Retinitis pigmentosa cannot be reversed.

“I don’t know how long I have until my sight is completely gone,” he said.

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Until then, Mike hopes to use IrisVision and other devices to continue to work and function in the world.

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