All the clues about who will be permanent Jeopardy! host as Mayim Bialik & Ken Jennings battle to replace Alex Trebek
MAYIM Bialik has had to battle Ken Jennings for the permanent hosting gig on Jeopardy! though fans have chosen their clear winner.
The TV stars have shared hosting duties on the program since the tragic passing of longtime host Alex Trebek.
As viewers continued to tune into the beloved game show, there have been mixed reviews on who deserves the full-time slot.
After a March 28 episode aired a significant blunder while Mayim had the podium, many thought the mishap was a poor reflection on the Blossom star's abilities.
It all started when eagle-eyed fans realized that after the Daily Double and halfway through, center contestant Aime Walker had her score changed to her final score – from 4,400 down to 1,000.
The "1,000" briefly shown and contestant Jackie Kelly's soon-to-be winning score caused fans to go wild over the episode-spoiling editing gaffe.
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A Reddit thread saw many fans buzz in with their anger.
One user began: "Anyone notice this oopsie during Double Jeopardy today where they briefly missed Amie's score?"
The Arizona-based attorney lost to returning contestant Jackie Kelly, seated left, and fans fumed as she also had her score changed to her final score simultaneously.
Another wrote: "What's even weirder is this happened in the middle of double jeopardy and they have Jackie's score incorrectly set as what she ENDED the game with… "
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A third wrote: "Oh man… I noticed Amie, but didn't notice Jackie. I wonder if it was a reshoot."
While a fourth alleged: "Yes, this was a reshoot done after the game! I think Mayim may have omitted a word or two reading the clue the first time around, so it was redone after."
Another noticed: "During the credits, there was a small extra notice that said 'due to technical difficulties, a portion of this game was re-created.'"
Someone else wrote: "Yeah this is a very rare occurrence. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again."
Meanwhile, viewers already had a sour taste about the Big Bang Theory star's hosting chops.
WHAT IS JEOPARDY HOST
Twitter had previously flooded with negative comments towards Mayim as viewers pleaded for Ken to become the show's permanent presenter.
One critic tweeted: “Ken Jennings is by far the best host! Please keep him and leave Mayim Bialik for some other show.”
Another agreed: “Don't you think it's time to name Ken Jennings as the permanent host? Bialik has overstayed her welcome.”
A third decreed: “She is not funny, she has more money than most TV personalities, she endorses a terrible product and should concentrate on other things rather than hosting Jeopardy which she is terrible at. Please bring back Ken Jennings!”
And a fourth: "Hire Ken Jennings to host Jeopardy full-time and STOP THIS CHARADE."
The backlash continued following later episodes where social media users called the actress "annoying," claiming that Ken was the better person for the job.
Mayim fueled more comments after she made a bizarre impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger when revealing the answer to a question about his movie, Pumping Iron.
Mayim's attempt to lighten the mood was not received well as one fan raged: "Get Mayim Bialik off the show! She's losing viewers!"
The Sun exclusively revealed that the show's ratings nearly doubled as Ken made his first appearance and hosted through contestant Amy Schneider's two-month winning streak.
Ken's view count dropped in January after Amy left, but the 47-year-old still averaged 9.2 million views, surpassing Wheel of Fortune and other competing game show ratings.
However, when Mayim, 46, took over her hosting duties for the Jeopardy! College Championship back in February, viewers tuned out, and the headcount dropped to 5.5 million viewers.
Mayim increased her viewers up to 5.7 million by the end of March, but fans were still begging Ken to take over full time.
The former contestant's performances, however, have not gone unflawed.
Ken recently made a major mistake with a "poorly worded" clue sparking viewers to put him on blast.
The incident happened during the April 12 episode when contestant Zhe Lu, a software engineer from Boston, could not compute a question he answered as "Malpractice."
Fans sympathized with the contestant, believing the question seemed unfairly phrased and "poorly worded."
The question read: "Iatrogenic is the term for a medical problem caused by the act of one of these, with maybe a lawsuit as a consequence."
Zhe answered: "What is malpractice," but Ken responded, "No."
"It's caused by the act of a 'doctor.'"
Returning champion Mattea Roach remarked while looking deeply confused after not being able to answer it either: "I got scared."
Twitter users slammed the question after everyone on stage drew a blank.
"I wonder if they'll revisit Zhe's response of malpractice. I think the clue was poorly worded #jeopardy," one wrote.
As another fan slammed Ken, who swiftly moved ahead: "#Jeopardy needs to keep Mayim Bialik as permanent host. Ken is a mannequin."
TAKING THE LEAD?
Despite the faux-pas, Ken may still be in favor of clinching the victory over Mayim.
Fans thought the author hinted at his new role after revealing he won't be appearing on the new season of The Chase in May.
The Chase's official account tweeted: “New season. New Chasers.
"Victoria Groce, Brandon Blackwell, and Buzzy Cohen join Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer on May 3 when #TheChase returns."
Ken – who joined the show in January 2021 – was notably missing from the line-up.
His costar James pointed out his absence, posting jokingly: "By popular demand, The Chase is now 100% @KenJennings-free."
Ken tweeted back in a similarly playful tone: "I'm already missing all the lovely folks at @TheChaseABC, and the great trivia minds, and James."
The TV personality's post seemed like a hint that he won't be returning to The Chase any time soon.
Fans flooded the comments to ask whether this means he will now become a full-time host on Jeopardy!.
“Please tell me this is because you are taking the full-time Jeopardy hosting job,” one begged.
“I hope this means you’ll be the permanent host of Jeopardy! You are fantastic there but I’ll miss you on The Chase,” another wrote.
“Permanent J hosting announcement incoming?” a third viewer asked.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Whoever wins the spot as host has big shoes to fill after Alex's decades-long run behind the podium.
The iconic host passed away from stage four pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020.
Ken is a veteran of the show as he currently holds the record for the highest average of correct responses per game.
He was finally defeated during his 75th appearance and has totaled nearly $5 million in winnings.
Prior to his guest-hosting role, he returned to the franchise in 2020 and appeared on "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" alongside Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.
Before his game show days, Ken worked as a software engineer.
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Mayim rose to fame as the star of the 1990s series Blossom and continued to be a small-screen favorite with her role as Amy Farrah on The Big Bang Theory.
A former neuroscientist, she is also associated with the “brain health supplement," Neuriva.
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