Ken Jennings is taking a break from his Jeopardy! hosting gig.
After game show champion Mattea Roach lost in Final Jeopardy on May 6, ending her 23-game winning streak, Jennings congratulated the Canadian on her past wins and also revealed that Roach’s last game was also the temporary end of his hosting role.
The 47-year-old announced that Mayim Bialik would take over as host, which seemed to anger Twitter users.
“Congratulations to Mattea Roach on a truly iconic @Jeopardy series. I believe she’s one of only three champions in history who have ever “reached her age: 23 years old, 23 wins,” Jennings tweeted earlier this week.
“I’m returning the keys to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) @missmayim for a few months. We are lucky to have them! Thanks for watching and I’ll be back before the end of the season.” he added.
Fans expressed their contempt for the return of the ‘Big Bang Theory’ star with one To write: “Ken is IT! He knows the game and the game strategy, he’s funny, fast as hell, modest and lovingly reserved. The comments speak overwhelmingly for him as a permanent host.”
“NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE88* NOT MAYIM BIALIK!!! I WANT AARON RODGERS!!!” A user squeaked. “EVERYBODY BUT MAYIM BIALIK!!! I WILL NOT SEE JEOPARDY! WHILE SHE HOSTS!!!”
Other added, “No, no and NO! When are they going to give you permanent keys, Ken? You’re doing a much more professional job – most worthy of filling in Alex’s footsteps!”
“It’s not that I won’t watch because my favorite one isn’t hosting, I just don’t enjoy the show when he’s not hosting,” one called.
“I miss you already and while Alex was right when he said the show is the star, the host is an integral part of the show and adds or detracts from its quality. You should be the permanent host.” tweeted another fan.
Fans have long lobbied for Jennings to become the permanent host following the death of legendary presenter Alex Trebek in November 2020.
Roach, 23, even cast her vote on who should be the next host. “I would say Ken because of his history with the show,” she told Vulture last week. “As a contestant, it’s very special to be on stage with the greatest player of all time. Someone who understands, in a very deep way, what it’s like to be in your position.”
“Mayim is fantastic but she doesn’t have the same experience,” she said.