Three weeks after the forces behind Jeopardy! announced that The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik would temporarily helm the nightly version of the game show while they continued the search for a permanent host, they’ve enlisted grand champion Ken Jennings to share emceeing duties with Bialik through the end of the year.
As ET Online reports, the Blossom star’s run begins on September 20 with episodes airing through November 5, after which Bialik—who was already chosen to host Jeopardy! primetime specials—and Jennings will fill in as their schedules allow.
In August, Sony Pictures Television shocked Jeopardy! devotees when it selected the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards, to permanently replace the late Alex Trebek, although he was unknown to and unloved by most fans compared to such guest hosts as Bialik and fan favorite LeVar Burton. That ripple got smoothed out after just one day of Richards at the podium, when he resigned as host over stupid statements about women and lingering suspicions that he pretty much selected himself.
Richards then lost his E.P. job to boot because, Sony said, even his exit as host had not “minimized the disruption” to the quiz show.
Then it was Bialik’s turn in the barrel, with past comments about her reluctance to vaccinate her kids, natural childbirth and sexual predators in the entertainment industry briefly coming back to haunt her.
Jennings, meanwhile, took in $2.52 million over his record-setting 74-game streak, plus roughly another $2 million in Jeopardy! championships.
Still, the Twitter police tried to put Jennings in retroactive crosshairs as well, with Sony reportedly deciding not to give him permanent hosting honors due to tweets like 2014’s, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
Just for the record, LeVar Burton has been in the public eye for 44 years, starred in three of the greatest TV shows ever, plus two of the best episodes of Community, and has never said an unkind word that wasn’t in a script.
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