Fans React to Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik Hosting 'Jeopardy!' For the Rest of the Year

Fans React to Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik Hosting 'Jeopardy!' For the Rest of the Year
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With Mike Richards almost a distant memory, Jeopardy! is still on the prowl for its permanent host. Today, news broke that the game show had, at least in the short term, solved that problem, enlisting recurring help for the remainder of 2021.

After Richards’ episodes finish airing this week, Mayim Bialik will host September 20 through November 5. And after that, Bialik and Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow for the rest of the year. Kudos to Jeopardy! for successfully kicking the can down the road to 2022.

Not everyone is happy about the news. In some corners of Jeopardy! Nation, Bialik, like Richards, is seen as a ticking controversy bomb, waiting to explode. Fans have pointed to her vaccine skepticism, her paid partnership with pseudoscientific supplements, and her problematic comments about survivors of sexual assault as disqualifications for further affiliation with Jeopardy!. Jennings is also not free of scandal; in recent months, fan outcry drove him to apologize for offensive ableist comments he made in the past, like this resurfaced tweet from 2014: “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”

Moreover, fans are calling for more racial diversity at Jeopardy!, with many people still dissatisfied by how fan favorite LeVar Burton was passed over for the permanent host gig, and by how Laura Coates, Alex Trebek’s hand-picked successor, didn’t even get to audition. If you’re not sure what to make of the Bialik / Jennings development, have a scroll through these tweets to get caught up.

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