The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik Firing From Jeopardy! Explained

The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik Firing From Jeopardy! Explained
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This wasn’t surprising to everyone.


  • Mayim Bialik is an American actress who took a break after the success of Blossom, but then returned to the big screen in The Big Bang Theory.
  • After the sitcom ended, the actress was hired to host Jeopardy! on NBC.
  • The game show's boss, Michael Davies, explained Bialik's dismissal and expressed his desire to work with the actress again in the future.

If there's one thing that fans of game show TV were not expecting to see this season, it's the absence of The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik from Jeopardy. Although the show remains as entertaining as ever, led by long-time host Ken Jennings, everyone, including the two co-stars themselves, was left confused.

Presenting a TV game show requires a much more specific skill set than TV acting, as hosts are required to be much more interactive with contestants and the audience. While the game itself is usually exciting, it's up to the presenter to keep the audience entertained throughout.

Although Jeopardy! boss Michael Davies said there was no difference in the ratings of the episodes hosted by Bialik and Jennings, many viewers disagreed.

Now, with only one remaining as host and the other being fired, fans of the show are left to guess whether this was a coincidence or the network simply didn't want to admit an obvious mistake.

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Why Was Mayim Bialik Fired From Jeopardy?

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Davies didn't seem to dodge the question on everyone's lips. Here's what the producer had to say about Mayim Bialik's departure and the way the studio's position has suddenly changed:

“We were forced into that [multi-host] situation, because of everything that had happened before with the guest-hosting period. <...> But over the past 2-1/2 seasons, what we’ve heard a lot from our television stations and other interested parties is they were looking for more consistency, they wanted a single host,” he explained.

Although Davies was careful to state that there were still no doubts about Bialik's ability as a presenter, he had to admit that "Ken [Jennings] really won the job." While this is unlikely to be the official reason, it is enough for the audience to believe that their opinion on the matter has been heard and taken into account.

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Whether Bialik will return as a guest host in the future, we'll have to wait and see. According to the producer, negotiations are still underway to save at least some time for the actress so as not to lose the connection completely.

However, the actress is likely to have her hands full with the rumored Blossom revival and The Big Bang Theory spin-off, which may also require her presence.

So, if you are interested to see where Mayim Bialik's career takes her now that the Jeopardy chapter seems to be largely over, keep an eye out for more news and behind-the-scenes updates!

Source: TVLine