Mayim Bialik is officially retiring from Jeopardy! Ken Jennings will continue as the sole face of the series.
The actress shared the news on her social media pages yesterday (Dec. 15). The decision was apparently made by Sony Entertainment.
“As the holiday break begins in Hollywood, I have some Jeopardy! news,” she wrote. “Sony has informed me that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy! I am incredibly honored to have been nominated for a primetime Emmy for hosting this year and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Jeopardy! family.”
“For all of you who have supported me through this incredible journey and to the fans, contestants, writers, staff, and crew of America’s Favorite Quiz Show, thank you,” she concluded.
Mayim Bialik has been sharing hosting duties with Ken Jennings since 2021. The two began their stints after Alex Trebek passed away from cancer in late 2020, and the producers named them as permanent hosts in 2022. Bialik is a former Jeopardy! champion. Jennings holds the record for the gameshow’s most consecutive wins with 74.
‘Jeopardy!’ is Keeping Mayim Bialik in Mind for Spinoff Shows
Jeopardy! followed Bialik’s post with a statement.
“Mayim Bialik has announced she will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!” reads the statement, per Today. “We made the decision to have one host for the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated Jeopardy!.”
“We are truly grateful for all of Mayim’s contributions to Jeopardy!,” it continues, “and we hope to continue to work with her on primetime specials.”
The show didn’t specify if Bialik would continue to host the Jeopardy! spinoffs. In the past, she stood behind the podium for Celebrity Jeopardy! and Jeopardy! National College Championship. However, the statement alludes to the possibility and proves that the series and Bialik and on good terms.
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