‘Jeopardy!’ showrunner addresses Mayim Bialik’s exit, says Ken Jennings has ‘really won the job’

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An executive shaper is sharing behind-the-scenes info astir nan recent "Jeopardy!" hosting shake-up.

During nan "Unscripted Storytellers" sheet astatine nan 2024 Television Critics Association's wintertime property tour, Michael Davies, a showrunner pinch "Jeopardy!" said astir nan determination to fto Mayim Bialik spell and make Ken Jennings nan sole host.

"When I took complete nan show, we were really forced into that business from everything that happened before, nan impermanent hosting period," Davies said, per a study from People. "Mayim was near hosting nan primetime versions; I brought successful Ken to guest-host erstwhile Mayim had her schedule connected her FOX sitcom [‘Call Me Kat’]."

He further explained that nan determination was portion of an wide desire for "consistency" for nan crippled show.

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"Over nan past two-and-a-half seasons, what we’ve heard from a batch of tv stations and different willing parties is that they wanted much consistency," Davies said during nan panel. "They wanted a azygous host."

Davies didn’t norm retired Bialik coming backmost successful nan future.

"Mayim is simply a superb host," he said. "We dream to support moving pinch her connected primetime versions and different spinoffs."

He added, "Those conversations are ongoing – but Ken really won nan job."

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Fox News Digital reached retired for remark from "Jeopardy!" but did not instantly perceive back.

Bialik announced that she was fto go from nan hosting gig astatine "Jeopardy!" successful December connected societal media. 

"As nan vacation break originates successful Hollywood, I person immoderate Jeopardy! news," she wrote. "Sony has informed maine that I will nary longer beryllium hosting nan syndicated type of Jeopardy!"

She continued, she was "honored" to person been portion of nan show, including earning an Emmy information for hosting, and wrote, "I americium profoundly grateful for nan opportunity to person been a portion of nan Jeopardy! family." 

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In a connection shared to nan charismatic "Jeopardy!" Instagram page, nan show shared, "Mayim Bialik has announced she will nary longer beryllium hosting nan syndicated type of ‘Jeopardy!' We made nan determination to person 1 big for nan syndicated show adjacent play to support continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will beryllium nan sole big for syndicated ‘Jeopardy!’"

"We are genuinely grateful for each of Mayim’s contributions to ‘Jeopardy!’ and we dream to proceed to activity pinch her connected primetime specials," nan connection concluded.

Jennings later told The Hollywood Reporter he had been caught "off guard" by Bialik’s exit.

"It took maine disconnected guard, because I loved moving pinch my Mayim, and I’m gonna miss her," he told nan outlet successful December. "I can’t speak to her decision-making process aliases her opinions astir it."

As for being sole big of nan show, Jennings said, "I’m conscionable a fan of ‘Jeopardy!’ and I’m ever delighted to big erstwhile they telephone upon me. I conscionable consciousness highly fortunate to person moreover been considered for this occupation arsenic a non-broadcaster."

Jennings and Bialik began hosting "Jeopardy!" successful 2021 arsenic portion of nan show’s audition process pursuing nan decease of Alex Trebek. In 2022, they were announced arsenic caller imperishable hosts, and took turns hosting regular episodes and tournaments, while Bialik solely handled "Celebrity Jeopardy!"

Fox News Digital’s Emily Trainham, Brie Stimson, and Ashley Hume contributed to this report.