(Note: The original version of this article said that this was for the entirety of Season 38. This has been clarified and will be until the end of 2021.)
Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have been tapped to split hosting the rest of 2021 of Jeopardy!, according to reports released today.
Bialik has already taped episodes this season, with the run beginning Monday and ending in early November. She will also be hosting the show’s prime time offerings. Jennings was a guest host last season who also taped six weeks’ worth of episodes last season. Jennings first came to prominence in 2004 when he won 74 straight games; he also won the show’s Greatest of All Time tournament in 2020.
Sony’s original host choice, Mike Richards, was fired in August after taping one week of episodes.
Editorially: I would like to remind fans that in most polls commissioned in the past year, it seemed as though no single person polled more than 20%. That means that 80% of people were not going to get their first choice. We as fans are going to need to come together and rally around the chosen pick at some point. Both Mayim and Ken are popular with the production staff and are more than capable of taking the franchise forward. With further reports from the show surfacing that this is only until the end of calendar year 2021, this may also bring Aaron Rodgers (whose Packers lost terribly on the weekend to the New Orleans Saints) back into the stable of potential hosts.
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