‘Jeopardy!’ host Mayim Bialik reveals ‘deeply insulting’ comment she often hears about co-host Ken Jennings

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“Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik revealed during a recent podcast that she is often told she does not measure up to fellow co-host Ken Jennings.

During a recent episode of her podcast, “Bialik Breakdown,” the former “The Big Bang Theory” star told actor Justin Long that fans who adore Jennings, a record-holding former contestant, often tell her: “We don’t prefer you to Ken.”

JEOPARDY! NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP – 107 – Mayim Bialik hosted  the Jeopardy! National College Championship on Feb. 8, 2022. (Casey Durkin via Getty Images) MAYIM BIALIK
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“Isn’t that wild?” Long said in response, remarking how Hollywood stars and entertainment icons often face this sort of criticism.

“It’s the only profession that I can think of — or maybe politicians — where people will tell you deeply insulting things but with a big smile,” he said.

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“Exactly how they feel,” Bialik interjected. She added: “Like, ‘I saw you in a magazine. I was very confused. You looked pretty,’” she said. “I get that a lot.”

Long said the opposite was true for him: “This sounds like I’m bragging but —”

Ken Jennings is currently filling in as the host of 'Jeopardy!' for the remainder of 2021.

Ken Jennings is currently filling in as the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for the remainder of 2021.
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“You’re better looking in person?” Bialik asked while laughing.

“Yeah,” he added.

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During the episode, Bialik and Long discussed influential people in their lives, as well as dealing with trauma and overcoming people-pleasing tendencies.

Several people who commented on the podcast episode, which was shared on Instagram, expressed support for Bialik. 

The “Jeopardy!” cohost has been subject to repeated criticisms from viewers of the show, from her hair to her clothing and now her hosting style.

 

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Last week, Bialik took to social media to announce that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Hey everybody, not sure if this is clickbait or not, but I have COVID,” Bialik said before noting she was vaccinated and boosted.

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are co-hosts of the game show "Jepordy!"

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are co-hosts of the game show “Jepordy!”
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“I have COVID, and it’s no joke over here,” she added. “It’s very exhausting, the exhaustion is very special. I had mononucleosis when I was in college and the exhaustion hits like that where you cannot be awake, you can try to be awake but then all of a sudden you need to sleep.”

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Mayim Bialik hosted the Jeopardy! National College Championship which starts on Feb. 8, 2022 

Mayim Bialik hosted the Jeopardy! National College Championship which starts on Feb. 8, 2022 
(Casey Durkin via Getty Images)

Bialik became a cohost of “Jeopardy!” alongside Jennings, who set a record for a 74-show streak in 2004, after longtime host Alex Trebek died in 2020.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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