Mayim Bialik has opted out of hosting Season 2 of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” as she continues to show support for the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, according to sources reported by Variety.
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ABC, on Monday, released a press statement detailing changes to their fall schedule, announcing that Ken Jennings will take on the hosting responsibilities for the new season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” premiering on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
Despite Variety’s request for comment, ABC has not provided any response.
The showrunner for “Jeopardy!,” Michael Davies, disclosed earlier this month that the material for the second season of the star-studded spinoff was already completed before the WGA strike. As a result, the upcoming season will showcase entirely original content. While Bialik and Jennings shared hosting duties on “Jeopardy!,” Bialik served as the sole host for Season 1 of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” featuring notable guests like Simu Liu, Andy Richter, Aisha Tyler, Michael Cera, and others.
In May, Variety interviewed “Jeopardy!” writers Michele Loud, Jim Rhine, and Billy Wisse while they were on the picket line during the fourth day of the WGA strike.
Loud emphasized the writers’ crucial role, stating, “Our words are on the screen every night. There is no ‘Jeopardy’ without writers. Without us, it’s just an empty blue screen.”
Addressing the impact of the WGA strike on the trivia series, Davies shared insights on the “Jeopardy!” podcast “Inside Jeopardy!”
“We’re planning to kick off the season with a second chance tournament featuring players from Season 37 who initially lost their games. The winners will then move on to a Season 37 and Season 38 Champions Wildcard,” he explained. Davies also mentioned that the questions for these second chance episodes would be a blend of material from the WGA writers written before the strike, still in the database, and content redeployed from various seasons of the show.