They’re simply the brand new children on the block.
“Jeopardy!” Govt Producer Michael Davies has revealed what he thinks concerning the reign of the present’s hosts, Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings — particularly in mild of fan reactions.
“This present is so onerous to host,” Davies told Vulture in an interview revealed Thursday.
“Alex made it his personal, nevertheless it wasn’t his personal the primary couple of years,” he continued, referring to the present’s beloved longtime host, Alex Trebek, who died in 2020 at age 80. “Numerous what occurred on ‘Jeopardy!’ got here from him possessing this job for therefore lengthy. I do learn every little thing, and look, the strongest factor we’ve acquired is the eagerness of our followers.”
He continued, explaining that he wished followers could be “extra affected person” with each Bialik and Jennings.
“I want a lot of our followers had been extra affected person in understanding that we’re coping with two hosts,” Davies mentioned. “Mayim is a really skilled actress. Ken is a really skilled ‘Jeopardy!’ participant. They’re each in the beginning of their internet hosting careers. There’s an concept that I maintain absolute energy in making selections round Jeopardy!, however I don’t …”
Davies additionally answered a query concerning whether or not he’d ever gotten a way that followers desire one host versus the opposite.
“I couldn’t provide you with an absolute quantity. We learn information from in all places,” he mentioned. “When it comes to the tiny proportion of our viewers that do go on Reddit or Twitter, there are Ken followers and there are Mayim followers. There are some individuals who love ‘Jeopardy!’ and can watch each.
“We even have numerous followers who publish that they don’t like both of them.”
The Put up reached out to representatives for each Jennings and Bialik for additional remark.
Davies additionally revealed that he and the others who work on the hit recreation present do monitor what followers are saying and the suggestions they get from the “tiny proportion” of those that air their opinions on social media.
He famous that there’s “zero distinction” within the present’s rankings between the 2 hosts – repeating that it’s “precisely the identical.”
“I stand by the choice to carry Ken in and have Ken be a second host together with Mayim,” the producer said. “I again each of them. I am going to the studio daily and attempt to make each of them higher at internet hosting the present and make a greater program surroundings round them. They’ve my full assist.”
When longtime “Jeopardy!” host Trebek handed after a battle with pancreatic most cancers, the present started to check out totally different interim guest hosts, which included different stars like Kaie Couric, Aaron Rogers and Invoice Whitaker.
Bialik and Jennings had been additionally among the many visitor hosts.
Trebek had hosted the present for 37 seasons, since its revival in 1984 – so there have been some large footwear to fill.
Jennings was the first person to host the present after Trebek’s demise.
Final July, it was announced that Bialik and Jennings would formally grow to be the present’s new hosts, engaged on totally different episodes.
“The actual fact is, we’ve got a lot Jeopardy! to make, and so many plans for the longer term, that we all the time knew we would want a number of hosts for the franchise and we’re simply so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped as much as put the present able to succeed,” Davies wrote in a statement on the time.
Nonetheless, “Jeopardy!” followers have definitely been split over who they imagine makes the higher host, with numerous debates ensuing on social media.
Final week, an insider confirmed to The Post that Bialik had walked out of the final week of filming for Season 39 in assist of the continuing Writers Guild of America strike.
Jennings took over internet hosting the sequence, which is ready to wrap filming on Friday, Might 19.
At present, Jennings can be internet hosting “Jeopardy! Masters,” which is a new concept of the traditional recreation present, wherein the highest six highest-rated, present “Jeopardy” contestants compete for a grand prize.
Whoever wins the competitors sequence would be the first contestant to take the title of “Jeopardy! Masters” champion.