Actress Mayim Bialik has received many comments about her wardrobe and choice of hairstyle on the “Jeopardy!” stage.
On Monday, “The Big Bang Theory” alum appeared on the “Drew Barrymore Show,” where she talked about fans critiquing her wardrobe.
Mayim Bialik Admits Male ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosts Also Change Clothes Every Episode
Several contestants have pointed out to the “Blossom” child star that she has worn the same orange sweater blazer on the show multiple times. During the episode, which can be viewed in the video above, Mayim said that she has heard the comments and will never wear that sweater ever again.
“I will never wear that blazer again,” Mayim told Drew Barrymore. “That’s it. Done.”
She compared her style choices to that of co-host Ken Jennings, who has been trading hosting duties with her over the past few months.
“I mean, look, for men in these hosting positions, they also change clothes every episode but they wear like, a blue suit, a black suit, a grey suit, and they just change the ties,” Bialik said. “It’s less noticeable.”
Mayim Bialik’s Mother Also Nitpicks Her Fashion Choices
The star of the new Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat” jokingly said that her mother started the trend of picking on her wardrobe before “Jeopardy!” fans piled on.
“My mother actually mentioned this to me before it was anywhere else… maybe she started it,” Bialik offered. “She said ‘I noticed you didn’t wear a blazer and you wore a sweater.’”
However, the “Charlie’s Angels” star was quick to try to comfort her and said that Mayim’s fashion choices were nothing to be upset over. “There’s no attitude, no negativity, there’s nothing slanderous or upsetting about it. Just an absolutely observant obsessive commenting about how you repeated a jacket.”
However, this isn’t the first time that Mayim has said that her gender has changed the way fans perceive her on the “Jeopardy!” stage.
Mayim Bialik Says That Women ‘Are Perceived Differently’
In a previous interview with Variety, Mayim suggested that some of the criticism had to do with her gender.
“I’m female, and as much as men and women can and should do the same things, women are perceived differently,” she explained.
“I really try to be a neutral presence as much as possible so that it is not an issue,” she continued. “I get to be myself. I make a lot of stupid jokes. Ken and I both want to highlight our contestants, make them feel comfortable, make them feel good. The way he says things, I’m assuming he probably knows all those things. For me, I get to read them like, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’”
Many fans have criticized her performance as host and suggested that she has struggled to find her place on the game show stage. Although Mayim said that she tries “to be as neutral a presence as possible,” she admitted that it has not been easier for her to get along behind the podium.
One example of her struggles on stage has to do with the buttons that hosts have in case they need assistance while filming. Although the contestants have clickers to buzz in for a question, Bialik has two buttons to press to alert producers to a potential problem. Unfortunately, it seems that was too much for Bialik to handle. She explained how producers had to remove a button when she kept pressing the wrong one.
“I have two red buttons, but they removed one,” Bialik confessed. “I accidentally hit the wrong one, so they took it away. They left my other emergency button in place. So I have a defunct emergency button.”