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Why 'Jeopardy!' Reportedly Decided To Drop Mayim Bialik As Host

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By Kristin Myers on December 20, 2023 at 6:30 AM EST

It looks like "Jeopardy!" producers had a very specific reason why they decided to drop Mayim Bialik as host after two years.

Now, trivia guru Ken Jennings, who still holds the record for most wins on the show with 74 consecutive games, is the sole host of the long-running game show following the death of late host Alex Trebek in November 2020 due to pancreatic cancer.

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Mayim Bialik Announces She Is No Longer With 'Jeopardy!'

Mayim Bialik No Longer The Host Of 'Jeopardy!'
Instagram | Mayim Bialik

On Friday, December 15, Mayim Bialik announced that she would no longer be working as the host of "Jeopardy!" in its syndicated form. It is unclear if she will return to hosting primetime specials or spin-off shows like "Celebrity Jeopardy!". Although she hosted season 1 of the game show spin-off, Ken Jennings took over for the show's second season, which is currently airing.

"As the holiday break begins in Hollywood, I have some Jeopardy! news, she wrote in the caption of a brief Instagram post. "Sony has informed me that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!"

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"I am incredibly honored to have been nominated for a primetime Emmy for hosting this year and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Jeopardy! family," she continued. "For all of you who have supported me through this incredible journey and to the fans, contestants, writers. staff and crew of America's Favorite Quiz Show, thank you."

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'Jeopardy!' Releases Their Own Statement On Instagram

Jeopardy! Reacts to Mayim Bialik leaving
Instagram | Jeopardy!

About an hour later, the "Jeopardy!" Instagram account released its own brief statement revealing that the "Blossom" child star had made the announcement herself, leading to speculation as to whether or not it was really Mayim's decision to walk away from "Jeopardy!". It was well-known that the actress had scheduling conflicts due to her acting career, although her Fox sitcom "Call Me Kat" was canceled earlier this year.

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"Mayim Bialik has announced she will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!" they wrote in a brief Instagram statement. "We made the decision to have one host for the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated Jeopardy!. We are truly grateful for all of Mayim's contributions to Jeopardy!, and we hope to continue to work with her on primetime specials."

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Why 'Jeopardy!' Execs Decided To Part Ways With Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings on the set of Call Me Kat
Instagram | Mayim Bialik

As The Blast previously reported, Mayim Bialik opted not to film the final few episodes of the season and decided to skip hosting season 2 of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” entirely, in order to stand in solidarity with other strikers during both the acting and writing strikes that took over Hollywood earlier this year.

Apparently, it was her decision to step away from the show that made Sony executives realize that they only needed one host. On December 20, Sony Studio sources told TMZ that although Sony executives “weren’t mad” that she decided to support the strike and walk off the stage, it did make them realize that the show would survive with only one host.

The sources say that Mayim stepping away from the podium gave Ken “an opportunity” to show what he was made of, and it looks like executives were impressed by his recent performance. In addition, execs also reportedly spent a lot of time trying to coordinate with Mayim’s busy schedule, including her responsibilities as both a writer, actress, and director.

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Sony Executives Are Still Open To Her Hosting Primetime Specials

Mayim Bialik at the 2022 Fox Upfront

In addition to accommodating Mayim’s other projects, sources told the outlet that the “Call Me Kat” actress did not agree with staff changes and certain production decisions, such as the decision to hire executive producer Michael Davies in order to replace disgraced producer Mike Richards.

Sources at Sony went on to tell that outlet that they are not looking to get rid of Mayim completely and would still love to have the actress host primetime specials because they feel that she works well with the celebrity contestants. However, sources say that, to Mayim, it was an “all or nothing” deal, and decided to walk away from the show without consulting Sony, resulting in the two seemingly conflicting Instagram statements posted on Friday night.

Regardless, sources say that Sony executives are still open to Mayim Bialik returning to host primetime specials of “Jeopardy!” if she is interested. It remains to be seen if Mayim will change her mind and return to the "Jeopardy!" family, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to seeing a lot more of Ken Jennings behind the podium.

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