JEOPARDY! fans were shocked by Mayim Bialik’s hosting once more on Monday.
Dozens said she “cut off” contestant Armand despite his CORRECT response and he “wasn’t given a chance” before she ruled against him.
Fans are waiting with bated breath for him to return and for the permanent hosting decision, said to be sealed by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.
Tonight, Joe Feldman – a technology worker from Maryland – dialed into his second win with $45K total.
But Armand Sanchez, a high school teacher from San Jose, California – was the player Mayim had “no trouble” cutting off despite being correct.
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Armand was in the lead going into the first commercial having picked up multiple clues and a Daily Double.
Now-two-time winner Joe raced ahead with an F1 category that concluded the first round.
Then arrived the Double Jeopardy clue that many called questionable.
It read: “Also called a Vestry, it’s a room in a church where clergy change into their robes & where holy objects are kept.”
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Armand correctly responded: “Sacristy” – the second time annunciating himself clearly.
However, Mayim instantly said “No.”
No other player responded, and Mayim ruled just seconds afterward that he failed to respond in the form of a question to the $2,000 clue.
She told him, “Armand your response was correct but you forgot your phrasing. And we do need that in Double Jeopardy.”
No need for judges, this ruling left Armand in a distant third place going into Final Jeopardy.
But fans said there was still time before she singlehandedly ruled against him.
‘HE STILL HAD TIME’
“Ahh man. I feel bad for Armand,” one fan tweeted.
Another agreed, “Armand’s turn to get screwed……”
A third asked, “Is @missmayim cutting people off by saying ‘no’ when they forget to say ‘what is…’ but still have time to correct their answer? Seems she did this to Armand.”
A third explained on how the host handled the admittedly tricky task, “I don’t there’s anything conclusive there to dispute the ruling that there was lack of phrasing.
“But I think Mayim should have waited for time lights to fully run out before ruling ‘no.’
“Armand should have been given maximum time to correct himself.”
Others wondered why Mayim emphasized they needed the “what is” specifically in “Double Jeopardy” instead of every round as another furious fan simply replied to the above user, “I agree.”
HOST OF ISSUES
The show’s ratings nearly doubled to 9.7M viewers when Ken made his first appearance.
When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and indeed, she hasn’t bested Ken’s ratings since during Season 38.
While fans have found Mayim to be a perfectly plucky presence, hundreds have tweeted about her off-putting poise during the typically enjoyable Q&A shares, “slow” response time to contestants, and controversially erroneous games compared to Ken.
Mayim faced fan fury when a player’s signature was ruled too sloppy in FJ though she had seemingly written “Harriet Tubman.”
And last week – though not the actress-turned host’s fault – there was ironically a typo in Final Jeopardy just days after the spelling snub which couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Ken recently accepted the show’s Daytime Emmy without Mayim, which many felt was a hint he’d continue carrying the torch.
During the recent installment of his podcast, Omnibus, Ken also revealed he has already been scheduled for tapings in June for Season 39.
It’s been implied by execs that the actress would simply host spinoffs soon, perhaps with Buzzy Cohen – while Ken would host the main show, with “multiple hosts for the franchise” altogether.
Meanwhile, her sitcom Call Me Kat was greenlit for another 22 episodes and a Season 3 this week – fans thinking this could be another sign Ken, otherwise commitment-free, could get it.
“I’m handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months,” the fan-favorite surprisingly tweeted in May, adding, “We are lucky to have her! I’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Many fans are simply missing the generally preferred alum-turned-host and were upset the week opened without him once more.
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“I told my dad that Ken would be hosting Jeopardy tonight but I just found out that that’s not true and I already know I’m gonna hear it from him,” one fan lamented on Twitter tonight before Armand’s cut-off controversy.
Joe will return for his third game tomorrow night, and Jeopardy! airs at 7 pm ET on weeknights.