JEOPARDY! fans have spotted a “wild detail” in its new champ’s “over the top” facial expressions on Tuesday.
Many, however, are feeling “tired” of Mayim Bialik hosting over Ken Jennings.
Mayim, 46, is hosting Jeopardy! after Ken Jennings’ earlier stretch and his announcement he’d be out for “months.”
Indeed, he wasn’t exaggerating as it’s the actress’ eighth straight week.
Fans are getting a little “tired” of the well-intentioned multi-hyphenate, as one Twitter user claimed, “Why is Mayim STILL hosting? I don’t get it.
“I thought she and Ken were trading off? She has had WAY more weeks than he has.”
The permanent hosting decision is still on the board and is said to be sealed by the end of Season 38 this month.
Between them, fans largely prefer the alum after a season of shared hosting as games run more smoothly under him.
He famously won the most games ever in 2004 – 74 straight – and to many seems like the natural successor to Alex Trebek having bonded with the late legend.
Many noticed there was earlier a blank slate for TV listings for this week’s host – but now, Ken is rumored to return for the last two weeks of Season 38 or July 18th instead.
Ken hosted through much of the earlier part of this season, though it’s been a while since fans have seen him.
But, while many may be feeling the fatigue, tonight, their new champion was displaying anything but.
‘WHAT IS: TOO MUCH CAFFEINE’
Yungsheng Wang – a Los Angeles, California Public Defender clad in a silvery-grey suit and bowtie last night, darker bowtie ensemble tonight – won his second game.
Entering Final Jeopardy with $15.8K, he was the only player to respond correctly with “Ford’s Theater” and boldly wagered $9.2K.
He appeared to kick things off with a yawn, or consertavitely, a gasp, as his name was announced.
And with $47K and two wins, Yungsheng was not exactly acting formally as he won – and fans went wild.
As his opponents didn’t nail the last clue, he held his palm to his face, maybe knowing he was a lock.
Finally, when his winning score was announced, Yungsheng held his mouth agape for multiple seconds, panted, and ducked behind his podium as he was declared the winner – internet users had never seen such a thing.
“That guy might want to cut back on his caffeine intake,” one YouTuber wrote.
“Yeesh. Wang made a fool of himself,” harshly ripped a Twitter user.
A third defended, “I like his enthusiasm. At least he’s interesting unlike the series of white bread contestants they’ve had lately.”
As a fourth buzzed in, “Yungsheng does not have a poker face.”
The enjoyable if an overexcited and unsubtle Yungsheng will go for win number three tomorrow.
But back under the hosting category, Jeopardy! Twitter is largely unhappy with Mayim after so many weeks.
MISS-TAKES ACROSS THE BOARD
Last night on the Fourth of July, Mayim once more had issues while judging one of the contestant’s responses.
Fans were furious after she made a major mistake that cost one player $4,000 – at least until the judges stepped in to correct it.
The clue read: “From a Latin word for ‘to clock,’ it’s the type of care given to seriously ill patients to provide comfort without curing.”
After Yungsheng got the answer incorrect, then-rival Andie jumped in to give a response.
Originally saying “pallative care,” Andie quickly corrected to “palliative care” before the time was up but Mayim was too quick with her interjection to rule the response incorrect.
One upset fan tweeted: “That was ridiculous. Clearly started to correct before she ruled.”
Eventually, the Jeopardy! judges let everyone know that they agreed and made sure to correct the situation.
Mayim stopped the game, later on, to let everyone know that Andie’s score was being fixed.
Mayim revealed: “We have a score change and, Andie, it affects you.
“The judges have reviewed your response, and you corrected your response of ‘palliative care’ before I began to rule you incorrect.
“We will be adding $4000 to your score. That puts you in the lead.”
Many felt Mayim’s score correction – far from her first – in fact, last month five-plus games had score corrections – “ruined” Andie’s momentum last night.
One tweeted, “Andie was doing great and when Mayim mistakenly ruled against = lost momentum. Really bad of Mayim.”
“Another big error on the unprepared Mayim!”
Another wrote, “These type of mistakes affect the outcome of the game. Andie would have continued and possible have hit the double or rang in more instead being 4k down.
“She just ruins the flow of game and is never prepared. Be gone please!”
Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex Trebek after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.
The show’s ratings nearly doubled to 9.7M viewers when Ken made his first appearance.
When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and indeed, she hasn’t bested Ken’s ratings since during Season 38.
While fans have found Mayim to be a perfectly plucky presence, hundreds have tweeted about her off-putting poise during the typically enjoyable Q&A shares, “slow” response time to contestants, and controversially erroneous games compared to Ken.
Mayim faced fan fury when a player’s signature was ruled too sloppy in FJ though she had seemingly written “Harriet Tubman.”
And last month – though not the actress-turned host’s fault – there was ironically a typo in Final Jeopardy just days after the spelling snub which couldn’t have come at a worse time.
She also recently made an off-color joke about marijuana and seemed to recently misunderstand the legacy of the band Queen.
This as fan-preferred former player Ken surprisingly tweeted in May, “I’m handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months,” adding, “We are lucky to have her! I’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Since then, he’s been ‘lei-ing’ low in Hawaii and at home in Seattle, Washington – though he’s said he’s already been tapped to tape more episodes for Season 39.
One possibility that has been implied by execs is that the actress could simply host spinoffs soon, perhaps with Buzzy Cohen.
One clue was that Ken accepted a 2022 Daytime Emmy award in June alone without Mayim, who also wasn’t in its montage – and she has her sitcom renewed.
If so, and as many are hoping, Ken would host the main show, with “multiple hosts for the franchise” altogether.
Jeopardy! airs on weeknights at 7 pm ET.