‘Jeopardy!’ fans urge Mayim Bialik to step down as host after Mike Richards departure

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Last week, Mike Richards stepped down from his newly appointed role as the host of “Jeopardy!”

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Richards apologized after contentious remarks he made about women on a previous podcast resurfaced.

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However, fans on social media are now calling on Mayim Bialik, who was also hired to host the famous game show, to step down.

Bialik, the “Big Bang Theory” star, has been called out for her remarks that she has said about vaccines. The 45-year-old has also been under controversy for a 2017 opinion article she wrote for the New York Times, which many say is an example of “victim blaming,” according to Newsweek.

Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York, shared his opinion on why Bialik should be removed as a stand-in for the late host Alex Trebek. He also said the show should hire LeVar Burton for the position.

On Twitter, Jarvis said that Bialik “spreads vaccine doubt and hawks brain quackery. She is no representative for a show about facts and authority.”

One user agreed with Jarvis and said, “She also needs to leave.”

While another fan wrote, “I disagree. Her personal decisions on what to vaccinations to give her children have nothing to do with hosting Jeopardy. This is ridiculous.”

Last week, Bialik wanted to make sure fans weren’t stumped by questions surrounding her vaccine stance. She tried to set the record straight on her vaccination status, as well as her general position on vaccines.

“She has been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus and is not at all an anti-vaxxer,” a rep for Bialik confirmed.

Fans resurrected Bialik’s past comments on vaccines after it was announced that she and longtime “Jeopardy!” producer Mike Richards would be the show’s new hosts.

In a Youtube video published in October 2020, Bialik clarified comments in her 2012 parenting book “Beyond the Sling,” where she stated that she hadn’t received a vaccine in 30 years.

In the video — titled “Anti-Vaxxers and COVID” — Bialik said that she and her children were fully vaccinated against the infectious disease. And while the “Blossom” star said that vaccines are “never 100% effective,” she maintained that it was “very disturbing” that people refused to get vaccinated against COVID.

She also went on to address the comments she made in her 2012 book.

“You might be saying, ‘Hey, wait a second, you don’t believe in vaccines! You’re one of those anti-vaxxers,” Bialik continued in the 2020 video. “Let’s finally talk about it. I wrote a book about 10 years ago about my experience parenting and at the time my children had not received the typical schedule of vaccines. But I have never, not once, said that vaccines are not valuable, not useful, or not necessary because they are.”

Bialik has a doctorate in neurobiology.

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