‘All over the place’: Mayim Bialik trolled AGAIN by Jeopardy! fans for standing in for Ken Jennings
Mayim Bialik was criticized by 'Jeopardy!' viewers for being "all over the place" on Monday, 4 July. Some people were indignant that she's still presenting instead of Ken Jennings for an astonishingly long period of time.
On July 4th, Mayim, 46, was trolled online when she came onto the renowned blue-purple 'Jeopardy!' platform. Following a season of split hosting, fans overwhelmingly expressed their preference for 47-year-old Ken Jennings. Numerous people criticized the shows's flow, or lack thereof, particularly picking on Mayim's slow delivery while replying. "Response time was all over the place today. Two seconds maybe seven, who knows," remarked one critical YouTube reviewer. Meanwhile, Ken's last game was in early May, following which he tweeted that he'd be taking a sabbatical for "months." Mayim has been hosting the game for nine weeks now.
Ken Jennings famously won the most games ever in 2004 with 74 consecutive wins. For many, he seemed like the obvious successor to Alex Trebek, having connected with the late great presenter of the popular show. The permanent hosting choice is still on the table and is expected to be finalized by the conclusion of Season 38 this month. But viewers are getting restless as Mayim continues to host.
"WHY IS MAYIM STILL HOSTING!?! PLEASE BRING BACK KEN JENNINGS!!" tweeted one user, slamming Mayim on YouTube. "I’m tired of Mayim I can’t wait for when Ken Jennings is back," wrote another. Another viewer wrote, "Previously, it was posted that Ken would return today. It’s disappointing that Mayim is still hosting. Fingers crossed that these are her last two weeks hosting—EVER."
Many people observed that the TV listings for this week's host were initially blank. The remaining two weeks of Season 38 will be hosted by Ken, who will reportedly making his comeback on July 18. Happily, the new champion, Yungsheng Wang, a public defender from Los Angeles who was sporting a silvery-grey suit and bowtie, provided some consolation for Ken supporters. He entered Final 'Jeopardy' with $11.8K and bravely bet $11K, virtually the entire amount. He was well ahead of returning champion Eleanor and just $400 behind Andie on the right podium. He earned a final $22K. Yungsheng is well on his way to securing a second victory.
After the unfortunate departure of Alex Trebek in 2020, Ken and Mayim started taking over for him along with a number of famous guests from Season 37 onwards. When Ken made his debut, the show's viewership almost doubled to 9.7M. During a college championship, the headcount fell to 5.9 million viewers — which was when Mayim took up her hosting responsibilities, and Mayim hasn't surpassed Ken's ratings since Season 38. While many people have commented about Mayim's unsettling poise during the generally fun Q&A shares, "slow" reaction time to participants, and controversially incorrect games compared to Ken, many others have praised her for being a wonderfully brave presence on the show.