Mayim Bialik breaks her silence on the ‘Jeopardy!’ hosting scandal

Mayim Bialik
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Mayim Bialik stepped in as the host of “Jeopardy!” after the show’s longtime producer, Mike Richards, who was announced as the new host, exited amid controversy.

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In an interview with Today, the actress broke her silence after the drama in the “Jeopardy!” world that involved Richards.

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“I didn’t realize how much people had such strong and passionate opinions about ‘Jeopardy!’ and what happened to it,” Bialik recalled. “The Twitter audience isn’t the typical ‘Jeopardy!’ viewing audience. So there’s been some interesting overlap here with how much (the) court of public opinion should weigh in on ‘Jeopardy!’ We’re all learning as we go here.”

In May, Bialik shared details about her guest-hosting gig. Bialik said it is an “immense honor” to take over the podium Trebek once stood at for more than 35 years.

Three months later, the long-running game show announced not one but two hosts to replace the beloved late host for the first time in the show’s history. It was reported that former executive producer Mike Richards would host the daily syndicated program, and “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host the primetime and spin-off specials of the quiz show.

However, things changed when Richards stepped down due to controversy surrounding contentious remarks about women he made on a podcast in the past.

For the remainder of the year, Bialik and Ken Jennings will split their hosting duties.

“I’m pretty surprised, still adjusting to all the changes,” Bialik said. “It’s been happening in real time, so I’m trying to keep up as best as I can. Obviously, as someone who was a child actor and then trained as a scientist and then a science communicator it’s not utterly astounding that I might be thought of for something like this, but the turnout of the last month has been exciting to say the least.”

The show’s Twitter account gave more details about when fans can expect to see the new hosts in action.

“Beginning Monday, September 20, Bialik is hosting several weeks of episodes, which will air through November 5. After that, Bialik and Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow through the end of the calendar year,” the tweet read.

The update was also posted on the show’s official website and biographies for the interim hosts.

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