Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Host Competition Ends in a Draw as Ken Jennings, Mayim Bialik Will Continue Split Duties


Sony TV could not bring itself to declare a winner in the “Jeopardy!” host competition.

Word today is that beginning in September nothing will change. Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik will continue to split hosting duties regardless of their respective ratings or popularity.

Jennings seemed like the obvious choice to be named permanent host. His ratings are better, and core “Jeopardy!” fans like him.

But Bialik has her fans. And Sony is frightened of insulting any group or turning anyone off. So as in most of TV taking no stance is the best way to go.

Hey– it’s certainly better than having revolving hosts from all over the place. It’s a win-win. Congrats to all contestants!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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