Jeopardy! will be down one host for the remainder of season 39. Maymi Bialik has left production to stand with the striking Writers Guild of America.
Per Deadline, Bialik chose not to participate in the final week of production. Instead, she’s joining the evergrowing support of writers striking for better wages.
The outlet states that Jeopardy! will continue with production. Ken Jennings is expected to get behind the podium to host the final week of shows for season 39. Filming is scheduled for later this month, using questions written prior to the writers’ strike.
Jeopardy! uses WGA writers for some of its questions. Several writers from the long-running game show have joined the picket line.
Jeopardy! host stands with television and movie writers
It’s not all that surprising to see Mayim Bialik elect to stand with the Writers Guild of America over hosting the final week of Jeopardy!. The game show host has a long history in the entertainment industry.
Long before sharing the Jeopardy! gig with Ken Jennings, Bialik starred in scripted TV shows like Blossom, The Big Bang Theory, and Call Me Kat. It also helps that Bialik knows Jeopardy! can continue on without her thanks to Jennings’ availability.
Who is the current Jeopardy! champion?
Following the game on Thursday, May 11, 2023, Hannah Wilson is the current Jeopardy! champion. The data scientist from Chicago, Illinois has a 7-day total of $189,801.
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