Jeopardy! is currently filming Season 39 with Ken Jennings as the host. Although makers declared both Mayim Bialik and Ken as permanent hosts after Season 38, the actress will split her hosting duties with another project she is working on. While the show is airing reruns from the past seasons, Mayim recently threw shade at her co-host during their first-ever joint interview.
Ken Jennings & Mayim Bialik Come Together On A Podcast
After Season 38 ended on July 31, the show is slated to return with Season 38 on September 12, 2022. Before the upcoming season premieres, the hosts came together for an interview. During Inside Jeopardy! Episode 5 podcast, the hosts came together to talk about the pressure of having to fill such big shoes. Not just that, they couldn’t resist roasting each other.
During the podcast, Mayim said, “I do love sports, I love games, and I just love seeing it all you know?”
Ken quickly chimed in stating, “You know, I’ve played the game & it’s so fun.”
Mayim immediately cut him off and said, “Have you now?”
As nervous laughter filled the room, Ken answered, “Once or twice…”
Producer and podcast host Sarah Foss then joked, “couple times, couple times.”
Jeopardy! Host Mayim Takes A Jab At Ken’s Fashion Sense
After Ken emphasized his past wins way too much for Mayim, Sarah pivoted to the tape days of the show. Immediately, Mayim dissed, “I came in looking like Ken and I came out looking like this.”
Ken typically opts for s slick-back hair which is less shaggy as compared to when he was a Jeopardy! contestant. On tape days, he mostly opts for a low-key suit & tie look.
Surprised by Mayim’s statement, he replied, “Like, looking like me right now?”
Later in the podcast, Mayim Bialik also joked, “Ken, I like you much better than I like myself.”
To this, Ken responded, “Oh, likewise.”
The Jeopardy! host then shaded their differences as a matter of taste & the podcast concluded with Sarah stating, “I like you both.”
Ken Jennings Acknowledges Late Host Alex Trebek Was A Legend
Podcast host, Sarah, who was also a former Clue Crew member, also acknowledged, “Alex Trebek hosted this show for 37 years, I think we know just how easy he made it look.”
Ken chimed in as he mentioned, “I watched Alex do it up close and I couldn’t understand the kind of ease and grace because you’re doing so many things at once, right?”
Mayim explained how her degree in neuroscience and zero experience with the game are causing the pressure to pile up. She said, “I feel like if I make a mistake, even if we can go back and edit it, it feels very embarrassing because I think people are like, ‘Oh, she’s a celebrity or ‘Oh, she’s got a Ph.D. She shouldn’t make simple math errors.’ But sometimes I do it and it’s very stressful!”
Ken later credited the late host as he said, “Alex was such a legend it took two people to replace him.”
As per The Sun, Ken & Mayim started filling in for late host Alex Trebek from Season 37 alongside a fleet of celebrity guest hosts. While fans mostly favored Ken Jennings to take over as the permanent host, Jeopardy! makers decided otherwise. The final decision was to have both Ken and Mayim as permanent hosts. While Ken will host the upcoming season first, Mayim will rejoin for her hosting duties in January.
What do you think of Ken and Mayim’s latest banter on the Jeopardy! Podcast? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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