The biggest point of contention appears to be Bialik’s use of the phrase “Single Jeopardy!” to refer to the opening round of the game, which is usually just called “Jeopardy!”. The Call Me Kat star used the term twice on Thursday evening, in both the regular edition of the show and the National College Championship.
Sticklers for tradition did not like this new turn of phrase and were quick to let Bialik know about it on social media. “@missmayim It is NOT single Jeopardy!! It is the Jeopardy round. Please don’t keep calling it that,” tweeted one disgruntled viewer.
Others shared similar sentiments, with one fan writing to The Big Bang Theory alum, “You make my brain hurt when you say “Single Jeopardy.” Jeopardy has had enough change – stop trying to reinvent it please!”
Bialik was named the host of prime-time specials last year at the same time former Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards was announced as the new permanent host of the regular show. However, things were thrown into chaos after insensitive comments made by Richards in a past podcast appearance came to light.
Following the backlash, Richards was quickly removed from his position, and since then, Bialik has been sharing stand-in host duties with former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings. But Bialik seems to be having a tougher time gaining acceptance from fans than Jennings, with her “Single Jeopardy!” tic driving most of the frustration.
“There’s no reason hearing Mayim say “Single Jeopardy” should annoy me as much as it does but it makes me irrationally annoyed,” tweeted one viewer earlier this month, while another added, “Someone! Anyone!! PLEASE tell Mayim that the first round of #Jeopardy! is NOT known as “Single Jeopardy”.
There's no reason hearing Mayim say "Single Jeopardy" should annoy me as much as it does but it makes me irrationally annoyed.— BuzzerBlog (@buzzerblog) February 4, 2022
Someone! Anyone!! PLEASE tell Mayim that the first round of #Jeopardy! is NOT known as “Single Jeopardy,” it’s known as “The Jeopardy Round.”— Mark In SoCal AKA “The Sunrise Guy” (@mlzema) February 8, 2022
I need Mayim Bialik to just call the first round the jeopardy round, not “single jeopardy”. It just rubs me the wrong way.— s (@myfavbluehoodie) February 5, 2022
Me: “Alright, maybe I’ll give Mayim Bialik another chance.”— Mucci Wally Wally, Mucci Bang Bang (@MucciFlipFlop) February 8, 2022
Mayim: “That sound means it’s the end of Single Jeopardy.”
While a lot of fans seemed annoyed with Bialik’s “Single Jeopardy” faux pas, others thought that people were making a mountain out of a molehill.
“I’m going to exclusively refer to the first round of #Jeopardy as ‘Single Jeopardy!’ from now on simply because it seems to bother a whole lot of weirdos,” wrote one viewer. “In fact, the second round is now ‘Double Single Jeopardy!’ and it’s followed by ‘Final Single Jeopardy!’.”
I'm going to exclusively refer to the first round of #Jeopardy as 'Single Jeopardy!' from now on simply because it seems to bother a whole lot of weirdos. In fact, the second round is now 'Double Single Jeopardy!' and it's followed by 'Final Single Jeopardy!'.— IWC Panel Member (@ElDandyJason) February 7, 2022