CELEBRITY Jeopardy! has been slammed by game show fans complaining they’ve “never heard of” most of the contestants.

Others ripped the lineup – splashily revealed with host Mayim Bialik – for its “lack of variety” compared to when Alex Trebek did the honors.

Jeopardy! fans slam Mayim-hosted celebrity spinoff & complain they’ve ‘never heard of’ new contestants after big reveal

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Celebrity Jeopardy! fans have slammed its 2022 lineup after it was revealed by Mayim BialikCredit: ABC
The beloved spinoff was hosted by Alex Trebek for 23 years up and until 2015

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The beloved spinoff was hosted by Alex Trebek for 23 years up and until 2015Credit: ABC

Season 38 of Jeopardy! wrapped on July 31st and the show is airing reruns until September.

When the treasured trivia show returns, alum Ken Jennings, 48, will be splitting his hosting duties permanently with actress Mayim, 46.

The Bing Bang Theory alum will also host Celebrity Jeopardy! starting September 25th – which will air on Sundays and not interfere with regular episodes.

The primetime spinoff will feature some eight celebrities at the podiums instead of your average trivia-toting citizens – but its big unveiling Tuesday left fans a little undersold.

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In the flashy trailer, Mayim announced Marvel actor Simu Liu, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, comedian Iliza Shlesinger, and Ray Romano.

Also playing – all for charity – is Who’s Line star Aisha Tyler, Patton Oswalt, Superbad’s Michael Cera, The Office’s B.J. Novak, and WNBA’s Candace Parker.

Mayim stood tall in a white lab coat with a wide smile introducing the cast with her long hair down and signature specs, a red lip and a game board flashing behind her.

“It’s the OG Jeopardy, with celebrities,” she said in the clip, hilariously shading: “Let’s hope they’ve been reading more than screenplays.”

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‘NEVER HEARD OF THEM’

The “screenplay” joke seemed especially fitting as the show is returning after seven years with a lineup that is nearly all actors, and some fans didn’t even know.

On Facebook after the announcement, one posted: “Am I the only one who has never heard of any of these celebrities? Just Patton Oswalt and Ray Romano.”

Another agreed: “I only know Ray Romano, who are the rest?”

A third sadly replied, “Apparently ‘celebrities.'”

And a fourth: “Never heard of them.”

A fifth also agreed and wrote: “Only know Ray Romano. Slim pickings!”

Other fans noted Michael Cera’s presence is especially surprising since his biggest movie roles were about 10 years ago.

One did defend: “I have trouble criticizing when it’s for charity, seems like a good fit for Mayim.”

WHEN FAME FLOODED JEOPARDY!

Celebrity Jeopardy! first aired in 1992, and the last tournament took place in 2015.

The special has only previously been hosted by the late Alex Trebek, who passed away in 2020 and he absolutely loved doing it.

Under Alex, the lineups were just so weirdly wonderful that the spinoff became nearly as famous as the regular show.

2015’s was won by football player Aaron Rodgers (who also took a turn at guest-hosting the show in 2020) and he defeated Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank and retired astronaut, Senator Mark Kelly.

Under a clip of highlights, one fan waxed poetic: “A billionaire and an astronaut lost to an NFL quarterback at jeopardy. Let that sink in.”

In another year, Andy Richter and Wolf Blitzer faced off to hilarity.

The funnyman infamously trounced the CNN figure by nearly $40K.

Indeed another game, Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller won and nearly rushed into the audience celebrating.

Another YouTuber wrote recently: “Lol poor Alex trying to reign in these dramatic celebrities. He’s like give me back my quiet nerds.”

Since its debut, Celebrity Jeopardy! has featured over 200 celebrity contestants, including Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster, Regis Philbin, Pat Sajak, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stephen King, and so many other household names.

So famous was the spinoff that it scored the famed Saturday Night Live parody skits – some of Will Ferrell’s “most popular” sketches per The Hollywood Reporter (he of course played an over-it Alex.)

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“I loved them,” Alex once said on the send-ups, per the outlet. “It means you’ve arrived.”

It’s unclear if the reboot will have the same format as when Alex hosted.

Celebrity Jeopardy! will air on Sundays at 8 pm ET on the ABC network and each episode will be available to stream on Hulu one day after it airs.

Over 200 celebrities played Celebrity Jeopardy! from 1992 to 2015 under Alex Trebek, one year Aaron Rodgers beat 'a billionaire and an astronaut'

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Over 200 celebrities played Celebrity Jeopardy! from 1992 to 2015 under Alex Trebek, one year Aaron Rodgers beat ‘a billionaire and an astronaut’Credit: ABC
This year, fans said they 'only knew Ray Romano'

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This year, fans said they ‘only knew Ray Romano’Credit: Getty
The Mayim Bialik-hosted spinoff also includes the rarely seen Michael Cera, Patton Oswalt and sadly one non-actor; a WNBA player

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The Mayim Bialik-hosted spinoff also includes the rarely seen Michael Cera, Patton Oswalt and sadly one non-actor; a WNBA playerCredit: Getty



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