On Thursday, game show Jeopardy announced that TV star Mayim Bialik and former contestant Ken Jennings will take turns to host Jeopardy till the end of the year. Last November, iconic host Alex Trebek passed away after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. The show was then hosted by a series of guest stars.
Mike Richards, an executive producer, and guest host took over the reins of the popular show in August but had to step down in days after old tweets and comments on a podcast called “The Randumb Show” resurfaced. Jennings had been extremely rude in commenting about women, Jews, Haiti and more. Although, he apologized publicly, he had to step down from the post of host and later stepped down as executive producer in the end of August.
Bialik had already been hired to host special episodes of the game show but will now also host regular shows starting from Monday and will continue to do so through November, following which she and Jennings will host the rest of the shows along with Bailik for the year depending on their other engagements, according to the Sony network, the producer of Jeopardy.
Mayim Bialik is popular among audiences for her appearance in Blossom as well as in CBS’ popular TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Ken Jennings is the record holder for the longest winning streak in the show.
Both these stars/future hosts also face controversies. Dr. Mayim Bialik faced flak when she spoke against vaccinating her children in the past. She has mentioned that she vaccinated them on social media, since. She has also endorsed a supplement, whose value is unproven, according to peers.
Ken Jennings has also been called out for past tweets which were rude and insensitive according to many and which surfaced when he became a guest host on Jeopardy. He has apologized, since.
The search for a permanent replacement for the beloved Canadian host Alex Trebek continues as various guest and interim hosts try to fill in the huge gap left by the affable, practical, and longtime Jeopardy host Trebek.
After sharing the news that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings would host Jeopardy shows till the end of the year, the game show’s Twitter account also posted that the show’s staff were “supralunar.”