Jeopardy! fans slam host Mayim Bialik for 'made up' category that 'makes no sense' & leaves new players speechless | The Sun

Jeopardy! fans slam host Mayim Bialik for 'made up' category that 'makes no sense' & leaves new players speechless | The Sun

JEOPARDY! fans slammed Mayim Bialik on Tuesday for a shocking round that dozens said "made no sense."

Viewers wondered if the category, which left all three new players simply speechless, was "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 no one understood – aside from Mayim.

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During regular Jeopardy!, the category was titled "Texting Abbreviations."

One for $800 read, "Talk to you tomorrow, I'm 'OTB'."

Now two-day winner Eric – who bested Ryan last night – was able to guess "Off To Bed?"

But after that, the entire round was anybody's guess, or no one's.

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"FC is this hopeful condition," another read.

When no player buzzed in and all looked confused, Mayim broke the silence with a cheery demeanor, "Finger's crossed!"

A third was: "I've Got To Know, 'PTMM'," again no one replied.

"Please tell me more!" Mayim stated as the audience laughed nervously.

One more read, "Where Have You Been? 'LTNS'."

Again – no reply from any player as Mayim exclaimed on the strange scene, "Long Time No See!" adding, "What will those texting kids think of next?"


The round resulted in four out of five triple stumpers – meaning no correct response, let alone guesses.

Over on Twitter, fans didn't abbreviate their anger.

"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."

A sixth wondered, "Am I an old millennial? Do people really use those acronyms texting?!"

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.

The category for the integral final clue was "Writers Old & New" and asked for a specific 2013 novel.

Middle podium's Michael simply wrote, "Twilight – New Moon."

A Twitter viewer harshly ripped on the equally bizarre finish, "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 ripped on Mayim’s stagnating 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 bashed, with Ryan Long driven off-screen and a deeply confusing first game since, “So, when is Mayim done hosting?"


Plenty of fans found actress Mayim to be a perfectly plucky presence, especially as a front-seat passenger for Ryan's now-ended 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 contestant's earnest Q&A with jokes. 

The host once bluntly replied after 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 joke that flatlined before Ken returned for his recent 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.

The day after Canadian champ Mattea Roach lost by $1 in May, Ken surprisingly tweeted he'd be taking a hosting hiatus.

“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.”

Mattea, Ryan, and Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio – all from this stunning season – will compete in the Tournament of Champions in November.

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One 'clue' that Ken could score it is he revealed on a recent podcast episode he was doing more tapings of pre-recorded episodes this month.

Weatherman Eric will be back to try and strike lightning a third time tomorrow night.

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