Richard Madeley 'misses out on hosting Jeopardy! reboot'

Richard Madeley has missed out on hosting a reboot credit:Bang Showbiz
Richard Madeley has missed out on hosting a reboot credit:Bang Showbiz

Richard Madeley has reportedly missed out on the chance to host a British version of 'Jeopardy!'.

The iconic game show - which debuted on US TV in 1964 - was recently made into a pilot for ITV, but producers have ultimately decided against turning it into a full series.

An insider said: "Richard had high hopes that he would have a huge hit with 'Jeopardy!' and it could have really capped his 45-year career.

"But the pilot just didn’t work for some reason."

Although Richard, 66, was hopeful of hosting the British version of the game show, ITV "wasn't prepared to take the risk".

The source told The Sun newspaper: "Of course, not every format in the US can work for UK audiences but ITV wasn’t prepared to take the risk."

British versions of 'Jeopardy!' previously appeared on UK TV screens between 1983 and 1984 on Channel 4, on ITV from 1990 to 1993 and on Sky One from 1995 to 1996.

However, it failed to capture the imagination of the public and ITV has now declined the opportunity to revive the show.

Meanwhile, Richard recently admitted that he would like to go back on 'I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!'.

The TV presenter took part in the 2021 series of the show – which took place in Wales because of COVID-19 restrictions – but he was forced to withdraw after just five days because he needed hospital treatment.

Asked if he'd like to have another chance on the show, Richard replied: "They haven’t asked me … To be fair, I’d think about it quite seriously. I don’t blame them, that was the way it was.

"We were all living with the COVID restrictions at that time, so I couldn’t go back."