Sony Pictures did not confirm the choice and a spokesman told Variety it’s in talks with several potential candidates.
Richards did a stint as guest host. His resume includes hosting “The Pyramid” and “Beauty and the Geek,” as well as serving as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Alex Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for more than 36 years. He died in November at the age of 80 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Instead of immediately naming a permanent replacement, the show featured short-term guest hosts, from legendary contestant Ken Jennings to “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Social media erupted in reaction to the Richards rumor with comments like, “Who’s Mike Richards?” and “Didn’t Mike Richards hire himself?”