JEOPARDY! is headed to television screens abroad and a new host has been tapped for the UK version.
Actor and comedian Stephen Fry will host the ITV reboot set to air this fall.
GettyActor Stephen Fry will host the UK version of Jeopardy![/caption]
FoxMayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have been splitting hosting duties for the U.S. version[/caption]
In a statement, ITV said: “Fry will ‘bring a modern twist to the cult classic.’”
According to Deadline, Jeopardy! first appeared in the UK on Channel 4 and then on ITV and Sky.
Stephen told the publication: “Whenever I’m in America, I do my damnedest to catch it every weekday. The idea of hosting it here in the UK makes me dizzy with delight.
“Such a dedicated quizzing nation as ours will, I hope, welcome this uniquely beguiling and endlessly rewarding game.”
ITV said: “The new show will allow participants to play an extra round compared to the original format, increasing the stakes for the players.”
Meantime, fans of the American version are having a tough time getting used to the new host Mayim Bialik.
‘BRING BACK KEN’
There have been many fan complaints about Mayim and her “infuriating” habit.
After a few months off, Mayim, 47, has returned as the host of Jeopardy!.
She is currently running the three-week High School Reunion Tournament.
However, fans want only Ken to be the permanent host, as they say, Mayim isn’t as quick as her counterpart.
The 14-episode High School Reunion tournament only lasts through March 9, so the haters won’t have to deal with Mayim for much longer.
“Bring back Ken as host,” wrote one fan.
“Mayim is very slow to react when answer is given,” said another.
To that, someone else replied: “I noticed this too. It’s really annoying me.”
“Does anyone know when Ken will be back?” asked another.
“Missing Ken,” commented one follower.
Mayim takes her sweet time before saying “that is correct” – especially on a “Daily Double” like she did a few nights ago with student Avi Gupta and it’s impacting her cause, the contestants, and viewing enjoyment.
On Reddit, one fan earnestly asked: “Genuine serious question: why don’t people like Mayim as the host?”
Another user replied: “Her long pause after someone gives their Daily Double answer drives me insane.”
Others agreed she’s doing a “serviceable job” on Celebrity Jeopardy compared to the buzzer-fast regular show.
NBCFans have spoken out against Mayim and her ‘infuriating habit’[/caption]
Jeopardy!Viewers demanded Ken come back, complaining that Mayim uses awkward pauses when revealing the answers[/caption]
GettyLegendary host Alex Trebek died in 2020[/caption]