Long-running trivia show Jeopardy! just announced its two new hosts following the very sad passing of Alex Trebek in November 2020.
Executive producer Mike Richards will take the main slot, reports The Daily Beast, although he won’t be the only face associated with the show. The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik will also be a host, taking the reins during primetime specials and spin-offs, starting with the Jeopardy! National College Championship. In addition to her work on BBT, Blossom and, most recently, Call Me Kat, Bialik has a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA. Richards was previously an executive at The Price Is Right and recently came under fire when journalists found old allegations of discrimination and harassment made against him during his time there.
Bialik celebrated the new gig on Twitter, writing, “IT’S TRUE!!! Been waiting a long time to tell you all. Really really honored and astounded and excited for this – it’s beyond anything I ever imagined could happen.”
Others on Twitter, however, were’t so thrilled about the decision, with many saying LeVar Burton would be a better person to share duties with Bialik. (Some of the other responses have called out Bialik’s previous statements on vaccines; for the record, she’s said that her family is getting the COVID vaccine and she’s not “anti-vaxx.”)
Some fans are swearing to not watch the show on nights when Richards is hosting. “I am the executive producer in my house in charge of watching Jeopardy. I have decided to cancel that time slot.” one wrote.
“Will only watch the nights that Mayim is on,” posted another. “My family has watched Jeopardy every night for as long as I can remember. When I was in college, Mom would call every night to see if I got Final Jeopardy answer.”
What is, yikes?