JEOPARDY! fans slammed Mayim Bialik on Tuesday for a category that “made no sense.”
Dozens even claimed the clues, which confused all three speechless players, were “made up.”
Mayim Bialik, 46, is hosting Jeopardy! for the fifth week in a row, returning after alum Ken Jennings’ prior three weeks at the helm and announcement he’d be out for “months.”
The permanent hosting slot is still on the board and will be decided by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.
Last night was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rideshare driver Ryan Long’s last lap -after 16 wins, the ninth-longest streak ever, and $299K total – the beloved broad-shouldered brainiac couldn’t weather the storm against Eric Ahasiac.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota meteorologist won again tonight with $40K total, but not before one round that left fans and players clueless.
During regular Jeopardy!, the category was titled “Texting Abbreviations.”
But the slang terms fans may have expected were nowhere to be found.
The first one read, “Talk to you tomorrow, I’m ‘OTB’.”
Now two-day winner Eric – who bested Ryan last night – was able to correctly guess “Off To Bed?” but after that, they were anybody’s guess, or no one’s.
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Mayim read another, “FC is this hopeful condition.”
When no player buzzed in and all three looked confused, she broke the silence with a cheery, “Finger’s crossed!”
A third read: “I’ve Got To Know, ‘PTMM'”.
“Please tell me more!” Mayim exclaimed as again no one on-stage replied and the audience laughed nervously.
The final clue read, “Where Have You Been? ‘LTNS'” – once more – no reply from any player.
Mayim responded herself, “Long Time No See!”
She then added after 4/5 clues in the category shockingly resulted in no player buzzing in: “What will those texting kids think of next?!”
‘WHAT WAS: THAT?’
Over on Twitter, fans didn’t abbreviate their anger over one of the lowest-scoring sections in recent memory – and felt ‘fellow kids’ did not text like that.
“Sry but no one uses those texting abbreviations #Jeopardy,” one wrote.
Another bashed, “Text abbreviations we were expecting: LOL, LMAO, BRB. Text abbreviations in the clues: PTMM, LTNS.”
A third accused, “I’m pretty sure those texting acronyms were made up.”
As a fourth wrote, “none of these texting abbreviations are real,” and a fifth simply called it a “stupid category.”
Another sadly penned, “Didn’t expect to be missing Ryan just minutes in, but here we are.”
Fans felt Final Jeopardy was also quite confusing, again no player got it in a rough first game since fan-favorite Ryan lost last night.
The category for the integral final clue was “Writers Old & New” and asked for a specific 2013 novel.
Middle podium’s Michael simply wrote seemingly as a joke, “Twilight – New Moon.”
A Twitter viewer harshly ripped, “Today may be the worst Final Jeopardy clue in the history of the program. It is as bad as Mayim Bialik is. No one got it.”
Another bashed on Mayim’s tendency to look down at the cue cards after responses, “Mayim’s delay on right or wrong leaves me, and the contestants clutching their pearls.”
Another simply wrote, “So, when is Mayim done hosting?”
BIG BANG FURY
Plenty of fans have found actress Mayim to be a perfectly plucky presence, especially as a front-seat passenger for Ryan’s sadly derailed streak.
But during his go, she had some speed bumps, including an NSFW off-color adlib about marijuana use, joking, “Joint committee, get it?”
Mayim also seemed to misunderstand the legacy of the band Queen and has regularly replied to other contestants’ earnest Q&A with jokes.
The host once bluntly replied to a player’s story about children’s autism research, “Glad to hear spitting in a tube went better than taking blood.”
And during the same round in a different game – one said he was in a “fancy sports league” and Mayim curtly responded: “That’s so thrilling,” and moved on.
Mayim had another Q&A story reaction that flatlined before Ken returned for his May stretch – she told a doctor he was “just an anesthesiologist, not a surgeon.”
Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.
The fact that the hosting slot is still undecided has been a huge point of discussion, as the late Alex had hosted since 1984.
As another fan tweeted recently, “I actually like both Ken and Mayim, so that’s that, at least for me,” though one more replied that the 74-game and Greatest of All Time winner, given his resume, is still a “better fit for the show” between them.
All this comes as Ken surprisingly tweeted in May, “I’m handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months,” adding, “We are lucky to have her! I’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Canadian tutor Mattea Roach, Ryan, and Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio – all from this stunning season – will compete in the Tournament of Champions in November.
Ken revealed on a recent podcast episode he was doing more tapings of pre-recorded episodes this month, as many are leaning his way – while Mayim’s sitcom Call Me Kat was given the green light to tape and premiere in just months.
Weatherman Eric will be back to try and strike lightning a third time tomorrow night.
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