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Mayim Bialik is known for many accomplishments across acting, writing, science, and game show hosting. She starred in hit shows and has taken on the role of Jeopardy! co-host alongside Ken Jennings beginning in September 2021. She hosts the regular show testing contestants' trivia knowledge as well as special editions like Celebrity Jeopardy! for charity. Bialik has become a versatile TV personality with her wide-ranging background and skills.
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Mayim Bialik endeared herself to viewers by hosting Celebrity Jeopardy! last season. She exuded intellect, wit, and reverence for the late legendary host Alex Trebek. Critics praised Mayim as a worthy successor and fans wanted her as the permanent full-time host. Her celebrity specials demonstrated her hosting talent.
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Jeopardy! has grappled with WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes since May 2023 over wages, benefits, and working conditions. This has reduced writers creating of clues and delayed the filming and airing of new episodes. The turmoil also complicated selecting a new permanent host with several candidates try-outing before Mayim and Ken Jennings were named co-hosts.
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Mayim then announced she would not host the upcoming Celebrity Jeopardy! season in solidarity with the strikes. She explained that she supported her colleague's fight for fairness and walked off the Jeopardy! set in May rather than cross picket lines as a WGA and SAG-AFTRA member. Mayim felt compelled to stand alongside fellow union writers and actors during the labor dispute though it meant relinquishing the job.
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Co-host Ken Jennings will take the reins for Celebrity Jeopardy! this fall with Mayim declining. But Ken's replacement hiring sparked a backlash from critics citing his past insensitive tweets and accusations he betrayed the union cause. Ken defended that he was never a WGA member and supported Alex Trebek working during strikes. Still many saw Ken as a union-buster.
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Some fans praised her bravery and loyalty to organizers. But others felt disappointed she abandoned her Jeopardy! duties. Some welcomed Ken as host while others rejected him for undermining the strike. The controversy has brewed debate among Jeopardy! devotees.
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Mayim Bialik made a bold move rooted in her personal values even at the cost of a coveted job by refusing to undermine the strikes against studio parent Sony. Her sacrifice demonstrated integrity and solidarity with the union's cause. Ken Jennings elicited more backlash across the picket line. Mayim's decision speaks volumes about her character.
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