Mayim Bialik Shares Hurt Over ‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Comments Towards Her

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Mayim Bialik, one of two temporary Jeopardy hosts, just shared some of the awful things that fans of the show have said. On her podcast, Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown, actor and comedian Justin Long asked her what it’s like to be in her position.

Asked if fans ever tell Bialik that they prefer her to her cohost, Ken Jennings, she responded:

“Sometimes.” Then she immediately segued to, “Sometimes I get, ‘We don’t prefer you to Ken.”

Long compared the profession to being a politician. He said both are jobs “where people will tell you deeply insulting things but with a big smile.”

“I was very confused. You looked pretty.”

Bialik chuckled and agreed. “[They’ll tell you] exactly how they feel.” She continued, “Like, ‘I saw you in a magazine, I was very confused. You looked pretty.’ I get that a lot,” she said, looking off in the distance.

Long, on the other hand, said he often gets told he’s better looking in person. To this, Bialik noted that he looks more manly now than he did earlier in his acting career. So, she essentially said, it’s all due to the viewer’s point of reference.

Bialik previously mentioned to Newsweek that online comments can be quite cutthroat. “It’s been unbelievable,” she said. “It’s an unbelievable turn of events in my life and career to have this opportunity… But yes, I did not know the depth of in particular the social media presence of people who are so passionate about Jeopardy!

Bialik May Or May Not Stay

Mayim Bialik is currently cohosting Jeopardy along with Ken Jennings due to longtime host Alex Trebek passing away of cancer in 2020. The show’s executive producer, Mike Richards, was named as the new host but he was met with negative publicity.

An article in The Ringer published explosive accusations of Richards making sexist and offensive comments earlier in his career. So, Sony announced that Richards was stepping down as host of Jeopardy as well as from numerous game shows as executive producer.

Bialik and Jennings are currently serving as interim hosts until a permanent host is announced. Although, it’s assumed that one of the two might stay onboard to fulfill that role.

What do you think?

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    • Mayim I totally agree with Mitzi you’re AWESOME don’t let those people who are saying nasty things to you and about you get to you, I know it is hard to take but I look at it if they don’t like you than I wouldn’t watch the show, but I love watching you on there. I don’t care for Jennings but I wouldn’t say nasty things to him or about him, I just wouldn’t watch him. Some people have to say hurt things to people today for what ever reason. I hope you will decide to stay.

      • I’ve always been a fan of Mayim. From Blossom on through today, she’s consistently funny, charming and professional. She portrayed by far the most complex and hilarious character on BBT. And btw, if they don’t think she’s pretty, they need glasses. But when it comes to Jeopardy, I simply like Ken better. Perhaps it’s just conditioning, but of all the potential hosts that tried out, Ken is the most Alex-like. For many Jeopardy fans, that is all we really want, since we can’t have Alex back. RIP.

      • Agree with Julia completely. Love Mayim and not Jennings but can always choose not to watch without being hurtful!

  1. She is excellent as host. She always looks good, presents herself professionally, has great rapport with contestants and knows when to lighten up. I prefer her to every prior host. Please don’t shoot me.

  2. I enjoy both Mayim and Ken. I’m giving an edge to Mayim however. Although both are professional and smart, Mayim has a fun personality. Shes always smiling and really seems to be enjoying herself and the contestants. PLEASE choose Mayim or Ken. Don’t waste time looking for another host. You’ve got 2 great ones now!!

  3. Mayim is like a breath of fresh air after Ken. He has no personality and tries to hard to be like Alex. He failed at that. Please don’t select Ken ad permanent host!!

  4. She does a fabolous job, do no give it to Ken Jennings, just watch him on The Beast, I think he is so condensending

    • I agree with those who think she is great! Don’t know why/how people are so unkind about her. Especially when Ken Jennings is no great difference. Both are good in their positions which, let’s face it, only really requires them to read clues.

  5. Ms. Bialik. You are doing a wonderful job on Jeopardy as host. Your manner is assured and supportive, your appearance is professional and attractive making you one of the most hosts ever. Lois Soulia.

  6. I enjoy both Mayim and Ken as hosts of Jeopardy. I must say though that when the host is announced each night, I am still expecting Alex to come walking out.

  7. Have to admit I prefer Jennings. Bialik has an irritating habit of pausing before confirming a response is correct. If it’s irritating to viewers, I imagine it’s even more irritating to contestants.

    • I’ve noticed that also. But I have decided that she is pausing while listening for a yay or nay from the judges in her earpiece as to whether the answer is correct if it’s not exactly as written on her answer sheets.

  8. Mayim does a great job but I feel she cuts the contestants off before the buzzer sounds when they don’t know the answer.

  9. I think my Ian is intelligent & experienced but my husband & I prefer Ken. He’s more eligible, knowledgeable and comfortable with himself. Myiam juggles herself around and is not quick on the responses indicating she’s reading answerers. Ken come back!

  10. I prefer Mayim. I find her to connect better with the contestants and have a welcoming manner about her. Ken is very dry and robotic. There is no doubt both are very intelligent.

    • So, you’re discriminating against someone due to their sex? Pretty flimsy reason in my book, aside from being illegal…

      • I really do not care for her, like Kent a lot better, I do not look at Jeopardy anymore as long as she is hosting it.

  11. We prefer Mayim because she is stricter with contestants–time and correct answers matter—Ken corrects the answers and gives it to contestants while Mayim is more stern and strict with the guests. Much better Host. Hope SHE is chosen. Ken gives the game away!!1

  12. Mayim is the best host for Jeopardy. Ken is very rude to the contestants especially if they are having a long run at winning.

    • As someone who understands human development, Ken never appears to relax during the show. Makes me uncomfortable just watching him!

  13. I love Mayim. She is clear and funny and relates very well to the contestants. Ken is too stiff and he has made several “joking” comments that I thought were rude. We are always team Mayim!

  14. Personally I like Mayim over Ken Jennings, Ken is a joke, I don’t like the insulting comments he makes to the contestants on the show. I do not watch Jeopardy when he’s on there, but when Mayim in on there I’ll watch it. If Ken gets the to be the permanent job I will be done with Jeopardy!!!!!!

    • As Alex said: Jeopardy is all about the contestants. I love the show regardless of who’s hosting it. I love Mayims enthusiasm. Quite frankly I feel If you don’t watch the show because a host annoys you , then you aren’t truly a fan, and are dishonoring Alex’s legacy.

    • I think Mayin is fabulous. Her overall personality is fresh and delightful. She is kind and funny. Very witty and sweet. Best host since Alex.

  15. Mayin; you are an incredible host” of Jeooardy! We Love. You (and everything that you do!). Marcia rubenstein.

  16. I remember you from Blossom and have followed your career. I loved you in the Big Bang Theory as well. People seem to feel they can broadcast their feelings everywhere these day. You are an intelligent, educated, and strong woman. You’re doing a great job. Don’t let the nay sayers get to you!

  17. As a retired professional in child and human development, the social skills development between Mayim and Ken is stark. Mayim has strong social skills; Ken struggles with them. It’s very difficult for me to watch Ken because of this. He could learn a lot from preschoolers…

  18. Haters are going to hate. Don’t read them. You have to believe in yourself to get this far. So look inward. You are doing a great job and I’m always anxious to see what you will be wearing. So many cute outfits.

  19. Love you. Jeopardy will be lucky to have you. You are soooo gifted! I just love your acting on the Big Bang Theory. They are underestimating you. What a talent! Good luck to you in all your endeavors.

  20. I vote for Mayim hands down. She presents herself well and gets along well with contestants. I don’t like to watch when Ken is host, I think he’s boring.

  21. I think maybe you can have them both as hosts of Jeopardy; they can take turns; then if one of them is sick or tired, the other one can take their turn. Plus, one guy, one girl; everybody is happy.

  22. I think you are doing a great job! I enjoy the way you talk to the contestants and all your other comments. Please do not listen to those who say otherwise~

  23. I watch the show, because I do enjoy the contestants and the questions. Mayim has taken away the polish that Trebek gave it. Please bring Ken Jennings and his smoothness back as well as his polish.

  24. I think she is doing a great job. she may makes errors but none of us is perfect. I prefer her over Ken and most of the other stand-in-hosts they had.

  25. Mayim, I think you are TERRIFIC!! I enjoy seeing you and listening to you every night!! You dress differently and wear your hair differently every day, so I am always looking forward to seeing you! And I am amazed at how well you read the questions and respond to the answers from the candidates!! I hope you stay there forever; however, based on your education and skills, you may have more interesting things to do!!

  26. Mayim-keep up the great job. We could use another woman in the “so called man’s world”of game show hosts. Am pretty sure Alex is looking down”saying you are doing a “great job”.

  27. Mayim, I absolutely love you as the host.I think you are amazing..I hope you’ll be back soon. You are the reason I watch Jeopardy…

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