'Jeopardy!' host Mayim Bialik recently shared a series of photos and video from her hospitalization for preventative testing and encouraged others to get preventative care.
Bialik stated in one of her posts that, "It’s not terribly fun getting older. Especially when you have to get a routine colonoscopy and really wish you didn’t have to."
Bialik further stated, "Well, I’m sharing this because: 1. Let’s remove the stigma of routine things that we really should not have problems as a society talking about - ignoring things doesn’t make them go away! Also let’s not be Puritanical about colonoscopies. It’s a thing."
Bialik's fans were initially concerned about her hospital visit but it seems that all is well and Bialik is using this to spread a positive message.
The CDC recommends that adults get routine colonoscopies at the age of 45 but that should begin earlier if someone has inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colon cancer.
One user responded to Bialik's post saying, "Get the test. It saved my Mom's life. Found it early with her first routine colonoscopy and her surgeon was able to save her life. There are no symptoms until it is too late. They are a breeze and you are done before you even know it!"
While Bialik's crusade to destigmatize healthcare is important, there is reason to be concerned about her future with 'Jeopardy!'
Bialik is already striking in support of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without writers, 'Jeopardy!' isn't able to go forward, although the current season has enough material to work with.
Variety interviewed 'Jeopardy!' writers Michele Loud, Jim Rhine and Billy Wisse who said, “Our words are on the screen every night. There is no ‘Jeopardy’ without writers. Without us it’s just an empty blue screen."
So while Bialik is striking, her hosting duties are being filled by her co-host Ken Jennings. Now there is a strong possibility that Bialik may not be back even if the strikes end soon.
'Jeopardy!' which has been extremely popular for decades, has been in constant turmoil since the passing of host Alex Trebek.
Trebek anchored the hit show for 37 years from 1987 until he passed away in 2020 at the age of 80 years old.
Since then 'Jeopardy!' has had three different hosts who have all lacked stability. Trebek's replacement, Mike Richards, resigned after just one week due to legal troubles.
Now with Bialik's future in question, it is up to Ken Jennings to bring some stability to one of America's longest-running shows.