Actress Mayim Bialik walked off the set of “Jeopardy!” in support of the writers’ strike, making it the first game show to be affected by the ongoing labor dispute. Bialik has been sharing hosting duties with former champion Ken Jennings since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek. Jennings will now become the sole host for the remainder of the current season.
Mayim Bialik left the set of “Jeopardy!” in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America’s strike, making it the first game show to be affected by the ongoing labor dispute, with Ken Jennings taking over the remaining week of hosting duties.
Former “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik walked off the set on Thursday in support of the Writers Guild of America strike. According to Deadline, Bialik made “Jeopardy!” the first game show to be affected by the ongoing labor dispute. The star has been sharing hosting duties with former champion Ken Jennings since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek in November 2020. However, Jennings will now serve as the show’s sole host for the remaining one week in Season 39.
Bialik has been joined by fellow writers Jim Rhine, Billy Wisse, and Michele Loud on the picket lines. Loud, a writer for “Jeopardy!,” emphasized the importance of writers’ contributions to the show, stating, “Without us, it’s just an empty blue screen.”
This is not the first time Bialik has faced scrutiny for her role on “Jeopardy!” She previously faced backlash from longtime fans of the quiz show after being named a permanent host. Additionally, the star has expressed the challenge of facing constant feedback about her appearance. She explained to The Post, “Most men wear suits when they go there, so yeah. The fact is we don’t live in a culture where I can wear a gray suit and then a blue suit, but maybe next year we’ll see.”
Despite labor disputes, “Jeopardy!” continues to air new episodes, with Jennings now taking on full host duties for the remainder of Season 39.