Fans React to Mayim Bialik Gunning for the Jeopardy! Permanent Host Gig

Just when you thought the Jeopardy! hosting drama was over, the engines are revving back up. Ever since last summer’s Mike Richards saga, Jeopardy! has been in a fragile detente, with Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik trading off hosting responsibilities as their schedules allow. But now, Bialik has thrown her hat in the ring for the full-time gig.

On the red carpet at Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Bialik was asked if she’d like to host Jeopardy! permanently. “I would love that,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I like to say, [I’ve] lived season to season since about 13 years old. So, what I know is I’m hosting until May 6, and beyond that, hopefully, I’ll know more before May 6. There’s no other job I would rather have. I love my sitcom work, I do. I love all the other things I do. I love the podcast. But I absolutely have never had a better job.”

Some viewers are all-in on Bialik, while others still can’t get past her baggage. Ever since Bialik first entered the guest host rotation, viewers have pointed to her controversial history of vaccine skepticism as disqualification for the gig; TV critic and journalism professor Jeff Jarvis tweeted, “Mayim Bialik, though vaccinated, spreads vaccine doubt and hawks brain quackery. She is no representative for a show about facts and authority.” Others have pointed to a New York Times op-ed she penned in 2017 about the survivors of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse, describing her arguments as victim-blaming. (Jennings, for his part, also has problematic tweets to answer for.)

Does Bialik have what it takes to fill Alex Trebek’s legendary shoes, or not? We sifted through Twitter to see what the Jeopardy! hive thinks. Read on for a survey from every corner of the fandom.

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