And while that’s not necessarily always a bad thing, she has stressed that it creates different pressures for everyone involved. Mayim Bialik took the time to talk to The Daily Beast earlier this week about social media and the way it’s affected “Jeopardy!”.
If fans will remember, the game show was widely talked about in the summer and fall of 2021 when the show struggled to replace longtime host Alex Trebek. Initially, it hired Mike Richards, though he quickly resigned after his history of harassment emerged online. After that, Bialik picked up several episodes and started alternating with Ken Jennings. They’ve continued alternating hosting responsibilities over the last several months.
“It is a huge thing to lose Alex [Trebek] – not just for the larger community, but for the ‘Jeopardy!’ community,” Mayim Bialik told The Daily Beast. “It’s a huge loss. And it’s a completely different media landscape now.”
This media landscape allows a level of interaction (including criticism and hate) that few game shows have experienced before.
“We have the complete ability to have access to people,” Bialik continued. “And as I’ve experienced, you can have people pass around a piece of information that’s not true on Twitter and it can grow exponentially.”
She added, “I think ‘Jeopardy!’ was a perfect example of all the things that can go wrong in terms of social media. And the [mis]handling by social media of certain information that normally people would know very little about.”
Such as who Sony considers for the next “Jeopardy!” host.
Social Media Only Adds on to Mayim Bialik’s Many Responsibilities
Juggling people’s social media interactions is only one of the hats Mayim Bialik puts on right now. She also has to co-host “Jeopardy!”, work on her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat,” and create a movie. Per Decider, Bialik recently wrote and directed a film called “As They Made Us,” which releases in theaters tomorrow, April 8.
“It’s been a lot,” Bialik revealed. “I guest-hosted Jeopardy and that was super awesome, but I was working a full-time job as a sitcom actor. So it wasn’t like I was planning on having two jobs, as I do.”
Looking ahead, Mayim Bialik doesn’t know if she’ll still have several jobs in the future. The show hasn’t yet asked her back to host next season, though that’s likely so they can name a new permanent host. If Bialik wants to focus on her filmmaking and sitcom-creating, then chances are Sony won’t ask her to do it.
“At this point, I only know through the end of this ‘Jeopardy!’ season what I do,” she shared. “And hopefully I’ll find out at some point what happens next.”