Mayim Bialik Fired As ‘Jeopardy!’ Host After Voicing Support For Israel

Mayim Bialik
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Mayim Bialik announced on Friday that she has been fired as one of the hosts of the “Jeopardy!” In the days since then, the game show has been accused of antisemitism due to the fact that Bialik’s firing came after she became an outspoken supporter of Israel in the wake of the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks.

Bialik Fired

“As the holiday break begins in Hollywood, I have some ‘Jeopardy!’ news,” Bialik said in a statement. “Sony has informed that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of ‘Jeopardy!'”

“I am incredibly honored to have been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for hosting this year and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the ‘Jeopardy!’ family,” she continued. “For all of you who have supported me through this incredible journey and to the fans, contestants, writers, staff and crew of America’s Favorite Quiz Show, thank you.”

The official “Jeopardy!” Instagram account responded by saying that Bialik “has announced she will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!

“We made the decision to have one host of the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated ‘Jeopardy!,'” the show’s statement added, going on to say that the program’s executives “are truly grateful for all of Mayim’s contributions to ‘Jeopardy!,’ and we hope to continue to work with her on primetime specials.”

Related: ‘Jeopardy’ Host Mayim Bialik Defends Israel As Her ‘Homeland’ – Slams Alma Mater UCLA For Anti-Semitism

Social Media Users Fire Back

Newsweek reported that social media users have since responded by accusing “Jeopardy!” of antisemitism, as many believe Bialik’s recent support of Israel may have something to do with her firing.

“Antisemitism is not a good look on you. Mayim is Jewish and she have every right to defend her people without losing her job,” one social media user commented, with another adding, “Seriously?! Now that Jewish people need your support more than ever, you decide to fire her for standing up against antisemitism during one of the hardest times for Jewish people in history? SHAME on you!”

“Category: Jew hate. Clue: firing someone talented because she against terror,” a third user wrote, with a fourth commenting, “She was the only reason to watch your show anyway. So much easier to say goodbye, understanding you’re anti Jewish. We support you Mayim.”

Related: 700 Hollywood Stars Sign Open Letter In Support Of Israel

Bialik’s Support Of Israel

Bialik, who formerly starred on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” has been outspoken about her support for Israel in recent months.

“My heart is big. My heart can hold love for Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people,” she wrote on social media after the October 7 attacks. “My heart feels the immense pain and horror the Israeli people are experiencing and I share that pain. My heart feels fear because of the anti-Semitism moving through this world with no end in sight.”

“My heart feels rage for the lack of unanimous global support for a swift return of the hostages taken by Hamas, the terrorist organization terrorizing Israelis and Palestinians alike,” she continued. “My heart can hold all of this. Can yours?”

Weeks later, Bialik posted a video to social media in which she blasted her alma mater UCLA, claiming that the school isn’t doing enough to fight rampant antisemitism on its campus.

“It is clear that there is a strain of antisemitism that is alive and well,” she said. “It is thriving at my Alma Mater (UCLA) where the chant ‘We want a Jewish genocide’ was echoed in the quad in front of Royce Hall.”

“There is no excuse for calling for a genocide of an entire people. Period. Full stop,” Bialik added. “I’m no longer afraid to draw comparisons to the global attempt at an elimination of the Jewish people, which my grandparents escaped eastern Europe to flee.”

“I’ve always believed that Israel was my homeland, and now I understand it more deeply than ever before,” Bialik concluded, ending her video by thanking those who have been supporting Jewish people.

While there is no definitive proof that “Jeopardy!” fired Bialik because of her support of Israel, the timing of this certainly does seem suspect. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments section.

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