There’s no doubt that “Jeopardy!” contestants endure a lot of pressure as they stand behind the podium to record for a national audience. However, on the other hand, hosting “Jeopardy!” has to come with its own intricacies too and one-half of our most recent hosting duo, “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik, revealed the job is “non-stop thinking.”
On a show for brainiac professionals, it makes sense “Jeopardy!” would center on “non-stop thinking” across the board. After all, every round progresses based on contestant knowledge. However, in speaking with Kelly Rippa and Ryan Seacrest, CinemaBlend shares Bialik’s duties require more than just the occasional humor and a hand full of question cards.
In speaking to her role as “Jeopardy!” host, Bialik shared, “It’s unbelievable. I mean, it is super fun and I love it, but it is non-stop thinking, talking, having someone in your ear, constantly calculating.” As a former retail associate, I know a thing or two about someone talking in your ear, though the thought of doing so on national television is especially daunting.
Bialik further joked, “if you think it’s hard for the contestants to know all those things, imagine having to read them all those things. It’s very difficult.”
The outlet further pointed out that alongside her typical duties, “Jeopardy!” hosts also have long hours. According to CinemaBlend, “Jeopardy!” tapes five consecutive episodes in a day. Therefore, Mayim Bialik, along with Ken Jennings, has to master five episodes worth of facts, pronunciations, contestant names, and more.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Gets Robbed During Current Win Streak
While “Jeopardy!” contestant Amy Schneider has continued to see win after win on the beloved game show this season, she did take a major loss as she revealed on social media Monday.
Back in her home state of California, Bialik shared to Twitter, “Hi all! So, first off: I’m fine.” Thank goodness. “But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards, and phone. I then couldn’t really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything.”
What a nightmare. Fortunately, we know that Schneider is safe, although the whole event was surely traumatizing. “Jeopardy!” fans and Amy Schneider’s supporters took to the comments to offer their kind words and encouragement.
“Wtf!” exclaimed one of the contestant’s followers. “Did they think you carried your $800K in Jeopardy winnings on you? So sorry you’re dealing with this.”
Another sympathetic follower shared, “That’s so awful! Please don’t feel pressured to keep up the nightly jeopardy breakdowns. Your safety and wellbeing is priority of course.”
Hopefully, as we near the end of the first week of the New Year, 2022 starts to look a little brighter for the “Jeopardy!” champ.