MAYIM Bialik reached out with a lovely message about Ken Jennings after they were nominated for the same Emmy.
The presenter was praised for her “stylish” response on social media, where she excitedly suggested they perform together in matching tuxedos.
Mayim, 47, and Ken, 49, received their first-ever awards for their work on Jeopardy! On Wednesday.
They were both nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host at the 2023 Emmys.
Just hours after the news broke, Mayim took to social media to celebrate the moment rather than making something competitive out of it.
She lovingly shared two photos of herself and the 74-time champion on Instagram and Facebook.
She captioned the two snaps, “Congratulations Ken Jennings on your first Emmy nomination!!”
I am so happy for you! I think we’re wearing matching tuxedos? Let’s discuss.”
In one photo, Ken and Mayim stood back to back on the Jeopardy! stage with a winning smile.
In the second picture, she and Ken posed outside of the Jeopardy! Studio and took a selfie from the poster from the first snapshot.
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Fans liked that Mayim was so happy for Ken and they hoped he would take up the offer.
One person replied: “Yes please wear matching tuxedos!!!!”
Another wrote: “Both pics are cute!”
A third wrote: “We enjoyed you both!! We hope we never have to choose.”
And a fourth: “Congratulations!!! You look so cute in the pictures. You MUST wear matching tuxedos!!!!”
A fifth applauded: “Elegant lady.”
DOUBLE DAILY NOMINATIONS
TV Academy announced the nominations on July 12, and the new Outstanding Game Show Host category, traditionally part of the Daytime Emmys, is moving to the main show for 2023.
Also nominated are Steve Harvey (for Family Feud), Keke Palmer (for Password) and soon-retiring Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, who is set to be replaced by Ryan Seacrest next year.
This is Mayim’s fifth career nomination after being nominated four times for the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
This is now Ken’s first overall Emmy nomination.
Ken and Mayim succeeded the late, legendary presenter Alex Trebek in 2021 and were officially named as his successors in 2022.
So that means both were recognized after just a year of officially sharing the coveted role.
Danger! was also nominated for Best Game Show – an award it received a total of 19 times, with a Guinness record 43 Emmy wins.
Mayim was also nominated for her role on the sitcom Call Me Kat, which was abruptly canceled in the spring.
SOME FANS ARE MIXED
There was mixed reaction to both hosts receiving nominations in the same category.
It’s no secret that many viewers prefer the 74-time champion and wish he hosted alone.
A common criticism of the actress often relates to her long pauses during moderation, causing contestants to complete their responses even while waiting for her to rule.
A Reddit user wrote on the news: “Mayim has 0 chances. Go, Ken!”
And another: “Ken should definitely win! #voteforken.”
“It’s so great that Ken is not only more authoritative and knowledgeable, but also more friendly, fun and personable. What about Mayim?” slapped a third.
However, a fourth defended: “Congratulations to both of you. Everyone has their fan base and no one is perfect. The award will likely go to Pat Sajak.”
Many fans believe Mayim is also contributing to the show as a new contestant told The US Sun she was nothing but professional.
However, Pam Mueller, an OG 2019 All-Star Games competitor, told The US Sun that Jeopardy! I got it wrong and Ken was supposed to be the moderator while Mayim was for Celebrity Jeopardy! should be responsible.
Mayim also chose not to broadcast the final month of the current season of Jeopardy! in solidarity with the WGA Writer’s Strike. to moderate as reported by meetingand Ken then re-entered.
Ken was originally scheduled to be out until the start of next season and has been criticized on social media by fans and even celebrities for being a so-called scab for returning to the set.
All of this comes as Jeopardy! has survived and even thrived without the beloved Alex.
Danger! With a weekly TV audience of over 20 million viewers, it is reported to be the highest rated quiz show on television diversity.