NEW Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik is getting paid "millions of dollar" for her part-time gig on the iconic game show.

She and executive producer, Mike Richards, will permanently take over the hosting roles, following Alex Trebek's death.

According to TMZ, Mayim negotiated for about six weeks for a "multi-million-dollar deal" for her part-time Jeopardy! role.

She will host such specials as Jeopardy! National College Championship.

Meanwhile, Mike will host the syndicated Jeopardy! series.

Sources at Sony reportedly told the outlet, the brass at Jeopardy! wanted Mayim to serve as the full-time host.

The show crew reportedly loved working with her, and she tested highest among the rotating guest hosts in focus groups.

However, because of Mayim's prior work commitments, starring and executive producing the FOX series, Call Me Kat, and hosting her podcast permitted her from taking on a full-time role with the show.

Earlier this week, Jeopardy! announced the show's two new hosts.

Mike had been the frontrunner after a series of guest-hosts for the hosting gig.


Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures, said to THR: "We are thrilled to begin the next chapter of America’s Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of Jeopardy!.” 

Mike said he was "deeply honored" and added: "Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to step into a role of this magnitude.

"I am incredibly humbled to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to make sure our brilliant contestants shine in each and every episode. Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show. 

"I was fortunate to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and that will serve as the ultimate blueprint as we continue to produce the show we love."

He added: "I am thrilled that Mayim is joining the Jeopardy! team. Her academic track record and enthusiasm for the game made her a terrific guest host. It will be a privilege to produce the primetime series with her as host.”

Katie Couric, LeVar Burton, Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts previously served as guest hosts on the quiz show.

Prior to his death, Alex had hosted the ABC show for about 36 years.

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