Till the writers’ strike (which started in Might 2023), Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik had been splitting internet hosting duties for Jeopardy!. Then, out of solidarity with the writers, Bialik stepped again and Jennings stuffed in as host. Then, in December 2023, practically two months after the writers’ strike ended, Bialik revealed on Instagram that she had been advised by the studio that she wouldn’t be returning to the sport present.
“We have been compelled into that [multi-host] scenario, due to all the things that had occurred earlier than with the guest-hosting interval,” government producer Michael Davies said on the 2024 Winter Tv Critics Affiliation Press Tour. “Mayim was left internet hosting the primetime variations, and I introduced in Ken to guest-host as a result of Mayim had her Fox sitcom.” (She’d additionally been engaged on Name Me Kat, which was canceled after two seasons in Might 2023, three days after the start of the writers’ strike.)
In accordance with the EP, the choice was made as a result of suggestions these on the present acquired and is in step with the studio’s assertion after her preliminary departure. “Over the previous 2-1/2 seasons, what we’ve heard loads from our tv stations and different events is that they have been on the lookout for extra consistency, they needed a single host,” he defined, noting that the hope is to proceed to work with Bialik (calling her “an excellent host”)—and there are conversations—on primetime variations and different spinoffs. “However Ken actually received the job.”
Bialik was the primary to disclose that she wouldn’t be returning to Jeopardy! on the finish of final yr. “Sony has knowledgeable me that I’ll not be internet hosting the syndicated model of Jeopardy! I’m extremely honored to have been nominated for a primetime Emmy for internet hosting this yr and I’m deeply grateful for the chance to have been part of the Jeopardy! household,” she wrote on social media. “For all of you who’ve supported me via this unbelievable journey and to the followers, contestants, writers, workers and crew of America’s Favourite Quiz Present, thanks.”
Following that assertion, Sony launched its personal, studying, “Mayim Bialik has introduced she is going to not be internet hosting the syndicated model of Jeopardy!. We made the choice to have one host for the syndicated present subsequent season to keep up continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings would be the sole host for syndicated Jeopardy!. We’re actually grateful for all of Mayim’s contributions to Jeopardy!, and we hope to proceed to work along with her on primetime specials.”
Jennings can also be the host of primetime variations of the sport present, together with Movie star Jeopardy! and the just-renewed Jeopardy! Masters. Quickly after the information broke of Bialik’s dismissal, TV Insider spoke with Jennings. “I used to be shocked,” he stated of what occurred. “I really like working with Mayim, however I can’t converse to her decision-making right here. However [when it comes to] Jeopardy!, I’m only a fan of the present and I’m all the time delighted to host it when known as upon as a result of I really like doing it.”
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