Ken Jennings Steps in as Host of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Amidst Ongoing Hollywood Strikes
In a surprising turn of events, Ken Jennings has taken over the hosting duties of ABC’s hit game show “Celebrity Jeopardy!” replacing Mayim Bialik. The announcement comes after Bialik, a member of SAG-AFTRA, split hosting duties with Jennings on the syndicated edition of the show. ABC has confirmed that the new season, with Jennings as the host, will premiere on September 27.
While Bialik has not publicly addressed her absence, speculation is rife that her decision is linked to the ongoing strikes by Hollywood writers and actors. In May, Bialik declined to film the final batch of “Jeopardy!” episodes for the show’s 39th season, giving Jennings the opportunity to host the finale for the last four weeks. Sony, the production company behind the show, has remained tight-lipped about any plans for hosting Season 40, indicating that Bialik may not return until the strike is settled.
Interestingly, despite the strike, the clues for the new season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” were written in advance, ensuring that the show can go on smoothly. However, it is important to note that SAG members who are participating in the show are covered by a separate labor agreement and are not subject to the strike.
As of now, the contestants for the upcoming season have not been announced, adding to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the show. Bialik’s decision to step away from the set is being seen as a gesture of solidarity with the striking writers, as they fight for better conditions and fair treatment in the entertainment industry.
With “Celebrity Jeopardy!” set to return with a new host, fans are eagerly awaiting its premiere and hoping that the ongoing labor disputes can be resolved soon, allowing for a smooth transition back to regular programming.
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