Jeopardy!’s Mayim Bialik admits she spent weeks ‘with no phone or internet’ after being replaced by Ken Jennings as host

MAYIM Bialik has revealed that she used her extra time off from Jeopardy! to go completely off the grid for the past two weeks. Mayim, 47, is being replaced by Ken Jennings, 49, on the nightly show and Celebrity Jeopardy! this season and it’s unknown when she’ll return. YouTubeWhile Jeopardy! began filming its new season, Mayim Bialik spent two weeks ‘doing very little of anything’[/caption] She gave away her phone and ‘set a vacation reminder on my email, and that was it. Bye!’Instagram/missmayim GettySeason 40 with Ken Jennings begins airing on Monday, and as it stands, Mayim is not involved at all[/caption] Mayim donned chic makeup and a low-cut striped top for her at-home YouTube update. While Jeopardy! began filming Season 40 with only former champion Ken recently, Mayim left behind all contact with the outside world. Ken is hosting the regular show starting Monday and Celebrity Jeopardy! starting September 27 in a huge shakeup, and he returned to filming on August 15. While uninvolved with the game show she secretly had no computer, no phone, or outside contact with anyone. ‘NO EMAILS, NO PHONE CALLS’ Mayim didn’t mention Jeopardy! in her emotional video on Monday but implied that she used her extra free time for the experiment. She explained: “I just did this crazy thing for two weeks that’s sort of inspired by my podcast, sort of its own thing. “I unplugged completely for two weeks. No cell phone. No computer. No social media. No news. No emails. No phone calls. “No talking to friends, my mom- very little of anything. “I didn’t think I could do it. I have so much work to do. So many people rely on me all of the time. “So why did I do this enormous thing?” She explained: “My heart skipped a beat when I picked up my phone. “I started dreading the mornings because of everything that had to. “And I started dreading the evenings because of all the work I hadn’t accomplished during the day. “Sleeping even close to soundly was becoming harder and harder, and my eating habits were becoming shakier by the day. “I felt like I was walking under a dark cloud- I was irritable and grumpy. So I decided to do this thing.” Mayim shared she committed so far as to swap out her phone for a burner phone and her two children stayed with her ex-husband. “My ex-husband and kids had a way to reach me through a ‘dumb phone’.” “And I set a vacation reminder on my email, and that was it. Bye!” “And wow! did the universe have a lot to show me,” she reflecting having come out of the two-week tech cleanse. Mayim shared she learned: “It’s okay to be me. I was able to get in touch with how much my phone was affecting me.” She also learned: “It’s okay to have unstructured time.” “I cried a lot; I felt really emotional. I sang and played music,” she also had: “time outside, to read, write, move my body.” “Sometimes life is about doing, and sometimes life is about not doing.” “I was not placed on this planet to be constantly available. I have needs. I need to move more slowly.” “I don’t know if I’ll get two weeks again, but I plan to see what’s next two minutes at a time.” She began tearing up and concluded: “It only takes two minutes to stare into someone’s eyes and tell them I love you, and to remember that the smell of someone you love can stir your soul in ways that checking your phone can’t.” Mayim also shared an Instagram photo touting her experience that read: “I unplugged completely for two weeks…and crazy things happened!”. ‘WELCOME BACK!’ Fans appreciated the intense share, but some admitted they couldn’t go tech-free for two weeks. “Thank you, Mayim. Many of us needed to hear this. You had me weeping at the end!!” one Instagram follower commented. “Oh, how I wish my work allowed me to do this!” wrote another. “This is exactly what we need at times. I haven’t been able to disconnect that long but it’s definitely a goal now. Welcome back,” wrote a third. “It’s a luxury not everyone has. If I go off the grid for 2 weeks I lose future work assignment opportunities,” wrote a fourth. Mayim and her partner Jonathan Cohen have been dating for over a decade, and, in 2021, began hosting their hit podcast Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown together. Mayim shares her sons Miles, 17, and Frederick, 14, with her ex-husband, Michael Stone. They were married from 2003 to 2012. SEASON 40 WITHOUT MAYIM The show’s monumental Season 40 premieres on Monday, September 11 and will run until July 26, 2024. Ken, 49, will be hosting Season 40, which began filming on August 15, 2023. This comes amid the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, which caused fellow host Mayim, 47 to bow out in solidarity with the strikers. A source told The Messenger that Mayim will likely not be back until the New Year if not longer. “She wasn’t fired,” the source has shared. “She’s choosing to stand with her union, and because of that, she was told

Jeopardy!’s Mayim Bialik admits she spent weeks ‘with no phone or internet’ after being replaced by Ken Jennings as host

MAYIM Bialik has revealed that she used her extra time off from Jeopardy! to go completely off the grid for the past two weeks.

Mayim, 47, is being replaced by Ken Jennings, 49, on the nightly show and Celebrity Jeopardy! this season and it’s unknown when she’ll return.

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While Jeopardy! began filming its new season, Mayim Bialik spent two weeks ‘doing very little of anything’[/caption]
She gave away her phone and ‘set a vacation reminder on my email, and that was it. Bye!’
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Season 40 with Ken Jennings begins airing on Monday, and as it stands, Mayim is not involved at all[/caption]

Mayim donned chic makeup and a low-cut striped top for her at-home YouTube update.

While Jeopardy! began filming Season 40 with only former champion Ken recently, Mayim left behind all contact with the outside world.

Ken is hosting the regular show starting Monday and Celebrity Jeopardy! starting September 27 in a huge shakeup, and he returned to filming on August 15.

While uninvolved with the game show she secretly had no computer, no phone, or outside contact with anyone.

‘NO EMAILS, NO PHONE CALLS’

Mayim didn’t mention Jeopardy! in her emotional video on Monday but implied that she used her extra free time for the experiment.

She explained: “I just did this crazy thing for two weeks that’s sort of inspired by my podcast, sort of its own thing.

“I unplugged completely for two weeks. No cell phone. No computer. No social media. No news. No emails. No phone calls.

“No talking to friends, my mom- very little of anything.

“I didn’t think I could do it. I have so much work to do. So many people rely on me all of the time.

“So why did I do this enormous thing?” She explained: “My heart skipped a beat when I picked up my phone.

“I started dreading the mornings because of everything that had to.

“And I started dreading the evenings because of all the work I hadn’t accomplished during the day.

“Sleeping even close to soundly was becoming harder and harder, and my eating habits were becoming shakier by the day.

“I felt like I was walking under a dark cloud- I was irritable and grumpy. So I decided to do this thing.”

Mayim shared she committed so far as to swap out her phone for a burner phone and her two children stayed with her ex-husband.

“My ex-husband and kids had a way to reach me through a ‘dumb phone’.”

“And I set a vacation reminder on my email, and that was it. Bye!”

“And wow! did the universe have a lot to show me,” she reflecting having come out of the two-week tech cleanse.

Mayim shared she learned: “It’s okay to be me. I was able to get in touch with how much my phone was affecting me.”

She also learned: “It’s okay to have unstructured time.”

“I cried a lot; I felt really emotional. I sang and played music,” she also had: “time outside, to read, write, move my body.”

“Sometimes life is about doing, and sometimes life is about not doing.”

“I was not placed on this planet to be constantly available. I have needs. I need to move more slowly.”

“I don’t know if I’ll get two weeks again, but I plan to see what’s next two minutes at a time.”

She began tearing up and concluded: “It only takes two minutes to stare into someone’s eyes and tell them I love you, and to remember that the smell of someone you love can stir your soul in ways that checking your phone can’t.”

Mayim also shared an Instagram photo touting her experience that read: “I unplugged completely for two weeks…and crazy things happened!”.

‘WELCOME BACK!’

Fans appreciated the intense share, but some admitted they couldn’t go tech-free for two weeks.

“Thank you, Mayim. Many of us needed to hear this. You had me weeping at the end!!” one Instagram follower commented.

“Oh, how I wish my work allowed me to do this!” wrote another.

“This is exactly what we need at times. I haven’t been able to disconnect that long but it’s definitely a goal now. Welcome back,” wrote a third.

“It’s a luxury not everyone has. If I go off the grid for 2 weeks I lose future work assignment opportunities,” wrote a fourth.

Mayim and her partner Jonathan Cohen have been dating for over a decade, and, in 2021, began hosting their hit podcast Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown together.

Mayim shares her sons Miles, 17, and Frederick, 14, with her ex-husband, Michael Stone. They were married from 2003 to 2012.

SEASON 40 WITHOUT MAYIM

The show’s monumental Season 40 premieres on Monday, September 11 and will run until July 26, 2024.

Ken, 49, will be hosting Season 40, which began filming on August 15, 2023.

This comes amid the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, which caused fellow host Mayim, 47 to bow out in solidarity with the strikers.

A source told The Messenger that Mayim will likely not be back until the New Year if not longer.

“She wasn’t fired,” the source has shared.

“She’s choosing to stand with her union, and because of that, she was told it is unlikely she will return for the rest of the year, even if the strike is resolved before then.”

Mayim is a member of the striking actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA.

Meanwhile, Ken has faced backlash from some fans and former players for his decision to cross the picket line.

Ken has kept relatively quiet on the subject besides resharing a statement from the show’s executive producer referencing how the late Alex continued hosting during the 2007-2008 writers’ strike.

Earlier this month, showrunner Michael Davies revealed that the long-running quiz show would be using recycled material since its writers are WGA members and on strike.

The season will also use past contestants, kicking off with a Second Chance tournament featuring players from Season 37.

This will be followed by a brand new tournament, the Champions Wild Card, which will pit the winners of the Second Chance series against brief Season 38 champions.

Davies explained on the “Inside Jeopardy!” podcast that “wouldn’t be fair to have new contestants making their first appearance” on the show with material that isn’t original or that was written pre-strike.

It’s unknown what will air after that- or from when or what the recycled material will be.

Showrunner Davies also announced a bump in consolation prizes for the upcoming season.

He also said that he admires and misses the show’s beloved writers.

The news caused a scathing response from Masters winner James Holzhauer, who took to the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to call out the show.

“If you don’t have time to listen, here’s the executive summary of today’s announcement,” James, 39,  wrote, sharing a link to the podcast episode.

“1:00-2:00: Jeopardy’s writers are invaluable and we couldn’t produce the show without them,” he continued.

“2:00-15:00: Here is how we will produce the upcoming season without them.”

MAYIM’S EXIT FROM CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!

Mayim is also being replaced by Ken on Celebrity Jeopardy! for the entire next season.

Season 2 of Celebrity Jeopardy! is set to air on September 27.

Last year, Mayim hosted the special – which returned for the first time since 2015 and without the late host Alex Trebek.

The lineup of celebrities for its second go has not yet been announced- last year, the special was won by actor Ike Barenholtz.

Her exit marks Ken’s first time hosting all programming for Jeopardy!

Amid her overall exit, Mayim was cryptically left out of a Jeopardy! collage photo featuring Ken, whether the snub was intentional or not.

The show made the change-up official with a glossy photo of Ken front and center last week.

Celebrity Jeopardy! has also begun filming but the lineup of A-listers is unknown.

While Ken is now back filming both upcoming versions of the show, Mayim (or someone on her behalf) has stayed active on Instagram from home- she shared she got a colonoscopy and posted sweet Big Bang Theory throwback photos.

If the strikes don’t end by 2024 – and since episodes tape two months in advance- there won’t be much time to swap Mayim in for Season 40, which will end next July.

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‘Sometimes life is about doing, and sometimes life is about not doing,’ Mayim shared, having returned from her two-week break from all technology or outside contact[/caption]
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Ken is replacing Mayim on Celebrity Jeopardy! and the reworked Season 40 until the strikes end- she won’t be back until 2024 or longer[/caption]