‘Jeopardy!’ Showrunner finally reveals why Mayim Bialik was fired: Ken Jennings ‘won the job’

Bye, bye, blossom.

Mayim Bialik on “Jeopardy!” were removed as co-hosts. Because the show needed more “continuity” with current host Ken Jennings, showrunner Michael Davis told reporters.

“When I took over the show, we were really forced into that situation from what had happened before, the guest-hosting period,” Davis said Saturday at the annual TV Critics press tour.

The ABC game show switched hosts following the death of iconic host Alex Trebek in November 2020 at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Mayim quit hosting the primetime version; I brought Ken in to guest-host when Mayim was scheduled on her Fox sitcom,” said Davis, referring to Bialik’s Fox series “Call Me Cat,” which premieres in January 2021.

“Over the last two and a half seasons, what we’ve heard from a lot of television stations and other interested parties is that they wanted more consistency,” Davis said.

“They wanted a single host.”

Bialik and Jennings co-hosted “Jeopardy!” As of last May, when Bialik, 48, refused to tape a show in sympathy with the Writers Guild on strike in Hollywood, and will join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) in July.

Jennings, 49, of “Jeopardy!” has planned a syndicated version of Since the new season premiered in September.

“Mayam is a great host,” Davis said. “We hope to continue working with him on the primetime version and other spinoffs.

“That conversation is ongoing,” he added, “but Kane actually won the job.”

Bialik officially announced in December that she was no longer on the show.

“As the holiday break begins in Hollywood, I have a little risk! News,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “Sony has informed me that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!”

She added that she was “incredibly honored to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy” and was “so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Jeopardy! family.”

“Thank you to all of you who have supported me on this amazing journey and to the fans, contestants, writers, staff and crew of America’s favorite quiz show,” she concluded.

Jennings, for his part, said he was caught “off guard” by Bialik’s announcement. “I loved working with my mom and I’m going to miss her,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

When Bialik appeared on “Jeopardy!” was fired from, a spokesperson for the show told PEOPLE: “We have decided to have one host for the syndicated show to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the only host for the syndicated ‘Jeopardy.’

“We used ‘Jeopardy!’ We are truly grateful for all of Mayim’s contributions and we look forward to continuing to work with her on primetime specials.”

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