Entertainment TV 'Jeopardy!' Fans Have Mixed Reactions to Mayim Bialik Becoming Main Host amid Ken Jennings' Hiatus Ken Jennings confirmed that he will be "handing the keys back" to Jeopardy! co-host Mayim Bialik as he takes a months-long hiatus from the quiz show By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 10, 2022 01:53 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Casey Durkin/Getty The news of Mayim Bialik serving as the temporary Jeopardy! host isn't sitting well with all viewers. Following the 2020 death of previous longtime host Alex Trebek, Bialik, 46, was tapped to co-host the popular game show alongside series champ Ken Jennings on a rotating basis. The move to select the pair came after series executive producer Mike Richards was named permanent host in August 2021, though he was later stripped of the role after his past controversial comments and alleged behavior resurfaced. Who Is Mayim Bialik's Boyfriend? All About Jonathan Cohen Recently, Jennings, 47, had been a witness to Jeopardy! champion Mattea Roach's 23-game winning streak. After Roach's run came to an end on May 6, Jennings announced that the show would also be his last episode for some time. As he takes an extended hiatus from his hosting duties, Jennings confirmed Bialik would be stepping in. "I'm handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) @missmayim for a few months," he tweeted on May 7. "We are lucky to have her! Thanks for watching, and I'll be back before the end of the season." Mayim Bialik Says She Would 'Love' to Become the First Permanent Female Host of Jeopardy! However, not all Jeopardy! fans were excited to hear the Big Bang Theory alum was taking over. "Ken you need to be permanent host nuff said," one fan tweeted, as a second user wrote, "No disrespect to Mayim, but the game flies much more smoothly with you as host." As a third individual called Jennings "the perfect fit" for the gig, another person said, "I'll be back when you are." Mike Pont/WireImage; Dia Dipasupil/Getty But not all Jeopardy! fans were upset by the news. Several users showed their support for Bialik, noting that she brings her own set of strengths as host. "Thank goodness @missmayim is back," one user tweeted while a second viewer said, "What a fabulous treat to have @missmayimhosting again. She brings charisma & an easy, natural flow to the game." One person even told Jennings' supporters that it's "just wrong" to "put Mayim Bialik down" for hosting the game show. "Jeopardy is a great show. That's bottom line," the user continued. "It will go on no matter who hosts. Chill out. Besides, Bialik isn't bad, in fact she's good. Such is the case even if you Ken fans have made up your minds." Additionally, another person pointed out: "I much prefer Ken but Mayim does an adequate job. It's the game that matters not the host." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Bialik recently expressed interest in taking over as the quiz show's permanent host during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in March. "I would love that," she told the outlet. "I like to say I've lived season-to-season since I was about 13 years old." Addressing what an honor it'd be to become the first permanent female host, the neuroscientist added, "I think being a female is its own mark. My grandparents were immigrants to this country and escaped pogroms, and World War II, so for me, in two generations, be in a position to be a woman and a host in that iconic role, blows my mind." Jeopardy! airs weeknights (check local listings).