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‘Jeopardy’ Boss Explains Why Mayim Bialik Was Ousted as Host: ‘Ken Really Won the Job’

The sudden departure of Mayim Bialik last December from her position as host at Danger surprised most people, including Bialik. Since the announcement, there has been much speculation as to why she was written off the show, with some reports speculating that Bialik’s time away from the show during the WGA strike contributed to her firing.

But during an appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Danger’The series’ executive producer, Michael Davies, explained that although he was a fan of Bialik, it was a desire for “consistency” that led to the decision to remove her from the series.

Davies began his tenure on the show in 2021 after former EP Mike Richards was named – then quickly removed – the show’s new host. “When I took over the show, we were forced into this (multi-host) situation, because of everything that had happened before with the guest hosting period,” Davies told reporters this past weekend, according to Yahoo Entertainment. “Mayim ended up hosting the primetime versions, and I brought Ken in as a guest host because Mayim had her sitcom on Fox (Call me Kat).”

He added: “But over the last two and a half seasons, what we’ve heard a lot from our television networks and other interested parties is that they were looking for more consistency, that they wanted a single facilitator. Mayim is a superb host – we hope to continue working with her on primetime versions and other spin-offs, those conversations are ongoing – but Ken really won the job.

Maïm Bialik
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When Bialik announced his departure on Instagram on December 15, Sony’s immediate response was similar to Davies’ statement. They wrote that the decision was an effort to “maintain continuity for our viewers.”

Despite this desire for continuity, the series used former champion Buzzy Cohen to host Season 39’s Champions Wildcard competition in January.

Danger! airs weeknights at 7/6c. Check the website for your local listings.

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