Many “Jeopardy!” fans are not pleased to learn that Mayim Bialik will serve as the game show’s extended host over Ken Jennings for the rest of the spring and summer season.
There’s been a lot of drama as the network attempted to replace the incomparable longtime host Alex Trebek, who died in 2020. Eventually, “Jeopardy!” producers settled on a combination of both Jennings and Bialik to co-host the trivia show indefinitely. But now many viewers are upset that Jennings won’t host “Jeopardy!” in the upcoming months.
“Jeopardy” producer Sarah Foss said on the podcast “Inside Jeopardy!” that Jennings would host episodes airing March 10 through April 28 and Bialik would “take over on May 1, and she’ll take us all the way through the summer,” per The Daily Mail.
Twitter users didn’t hold back with their feelings about the decision.
“Jeopardy, stop trying to make Mayim happen. It’s not going to happen,” one user fumed.
“No one likes Mayim Bialik as host. Everyone loves Ken Jennings,” another account observed. “I’m not sure why ABC almost seemingly gets off on continuing to bring Mayim back. In an age of test audiences, polls and every other metric you can think of, why does #Jeopardy blatantly disrespect their viewership?”
“Mayim is objectively not a good host. She’s robotic and awkward and hard to watch after months of Ken, who has really leaned into the role,” another commenter added.
There were also viewers who enjoyed seeing Bialik as host and shot back against her critics. One fan argued, “Mayim does a great job hosting. Some folks just can’t deal with a woman hosting a game show. I look forward to the Mayim shows.”
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Jennings became famous following his record-breaking run on the show in 2004. During that time, he won 74 consecutive games of “Jeopardy!” and became the highest-earning contestant ever, winning more than $2.5 million. Jennings went on to participate in multiple contest spinoffs before accepting his current position as co-host following Trebek’s death.
Bilaik, meanwhile, is an Emmy Award-winning actress best known for appearing on the NBC sitcom “Blossom” and the hit CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”
The actress previously said she was surprised at how perceptive and critical the “Jeopardy!” audience can be. “There’s a tremendous amount of attention to everything, from the transition after Alex passed to me, and then me and Ken, and then the clothing I wear,” she said during a November 2022 interview with TV Insider.
Prior to the final decision to let Jennings and Bialik take turns hosting “Jeopardy!” show producers tried out a variety of options for Trebek’s replacement, including LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos, Aaron Rodgers, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, plus others.