‘Jeopardy!’ fans threaten boycott: Fire Mayim Bialik or we stop watching


Longtime fans of “Jeopardy!” are threatening to boycott the show since Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are splitting hosting duties.

On Wednesday, the beloved game show announced that the two interim hosts would keep their jobs, with Jennings hosting from September to January and Bialik taking over from January through the end of the season.

The “Call Me Kat” actress will also be the host of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and special tournaments, while Jennings will host the Second Chance Tournament and the Tournament of Champions.

That was unwelcome news for some viewers as both the history-making “Jeopardy!” champion and the “Big Bang Theory” alum have faced their fair share of blunders — and, therefore, criticism.

The Twitter announcement received hundreds of responses, many expressing unhappiness at the news that Bialik would be sticking around.

Mayim Bialik, 46, has received criticism for deeming correct answers incorrect on multiple occasions.
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“Will not be watching @Jeopardy until @KenJennings becomes the primary and only host. This switching stuff sucks! #boycottjeopardy because they have idiots running it. What a mess,” one commenter said.

“Great! I’ll watch through December when Ken hosts. I will not watch any Jeopardy Mayim hosts,” one person weighed in.

“And I am permanently not watching,” another person declared.

Bialik will also continue to film her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.”
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“No one is thrilled to see Mayim co-hosting at all, if you’d listen to the people most of us preferred Ken as the full-time host over Mayim Bialik. Watch when viewership goes down when Mayim hosts & then goes up with Ken you guys will regret to co-host crap,” one more user wrote.

“That woman drives me away from the show-and most others I know agree that she’s a mess as host,” one viewer quipped.

However, others said that Jennings is the problem.

“Mayim is way better as a host,” one user wrote. “Ken is not a public speaker let alone a TV host. Trivia nerds and Twitter nerds r the only Jeopardy viewers that prefer Ken, which is a small segment of Jeopardy’s viewership.”

Jennings will host from September to January while Bialik will take over from January through the end of the season.
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“If Ken was as good as social media says he is, he would have been Sony’s pick by himself,” another stated. “Mayim needs practice. I agree. But she has a far superior Jeopardy voice for reading clues like Alex did. That’s why they picked Mayim.”

“This is a winning hosting team that Alex [Trebek] would be so proud of. Jeopardy is more popular than ever and will have the brightest future including prime time,” another said of the late longtime host.

Ken Jennings won 74 games of “Jeopardy!” in 2004.
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In other “Jeopardy!” scandal news, social media was flabbergasted last week when all three contestants missed a question about 11-time Grammy Award-winner Taylor Swift and her hit song “You Need to Calm Down.”

The 39th season of the show begins filming next week.