The “Jeopardy!” controversy wheel just keeps on spinning. Only a day after executive producer Mike Richards stepped down from the permanent hosting job, some fans are now calling for fellow host Mayim Bialik to do the same.
Richards chose to step down after past remarks made in his podcast resurfaced via The Ringer. Fans also criticized him for having too much involvement in the host selection process, as revealed by The New York Times. Sony Pictures Television reportedly expressed “surprise” about Richards’ misogynistic remarks via the podcast, and they “fully supported” his decision to step down.
With Richards’ past comments resurfacing, some Twitter users are now looking to Mayim Bialik’s history. She was actually a fan favorite on “Jeopardy!” during her guest host stint, and most were happy to see her take on the job.
Others, however, were not so quick to forget some of Bialik’s previous words and actions they didn’t particularly support. Newsweek reports that fans have two specific bones to pick with the “Jeopardy!” spin-off host. The first has to do with Bialik’s stance on vaccines, both COVID and otherwise.
‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Question Mayim Bialik’s Stances
According to the outlet, Bialik first broached the topic of vaccines in “Beyond the Sling,” her 2012 parenting book. She reportedly wrote, “We made an informed decision not to vaccinate our children, but this is a very personal decision that should be made only after sufficient research.”
But Bialik and her kids all received COVID vaccines this year. In a YouTube video from October 2020, Bialik said it was “very disturbing” for people not to get vaccinated against COVID. Newsweek also notes that Bialik still questioned the vaccines and said they’re “never 100 percent effective.”
After she received the “Jeopardy!” hosting gig, some Twitter users reminded people of Bialik’s vaccine viewpoints. Even more calls for her removal came out after Richards stepped down.
“Well, that didn’t last long. Now I suppose it’s on to the anti-vaccine Mayim Bialik,” user Elaine Stewart wrote.
Journalism professor and former TV critic Jeff Jarvis also spoke about Bialik’s continued “Jeopardy!” presence. “And while we’re at it, keep in mind that Mayim Bialik, though vaccinated, spreads vaccine doubt and hawks brain quackery. She is no representative for a show about facts and authority.”
And while we’re at it, keep in mind that Mayim Bialik, though vaccinated, spreads vaccine doubt and hawks brain quackery. She is no representative for a show about facts and authority. Replace the executive producer. Fire the executives over him. And give @levarburton the gig.— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) August 20, 2021
Bialik’s spokesperson had to release a statement to The Wrap confirming that Bilaik isn’t an anti-vaxxer and received the COVID vaccine.
Mayim Bialik Also Blasted for ‘Victim Blaming’
“Jeopardy!” fans are also up in arms about the op-ed article Mayim Bialik wrote for The New York Times in 2017 called, “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.”
“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. So, I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”
To some, Bialik’s article came across as blaming the victim for the way they conducted themselves around their sexual assaulter. Bialik eventually had to clear up her stance on Twitter after the article printed. But fans wouldn’t let her forget the way her article came off.
We’ll see how Sony execs respond to these accusations against Bialik in the coming days. Currently, Bialik only signed on for primetime specials and “Jeopardy!” spin-offs.