One of the most popular game shows in television history, “Jeopardy!” is a true battle of the intellectual elite. Each night, millions tune in to watch the quiz show that makes smart people rich. It’s been a season unlike any other for “Jeopardy!” as the show has numerous long-winning streaks.
It started last year with Matt Amodio winning an insane 38 straight contest before falling. Amodio took in well over $1 million during his record-setting winning streak. The contestant that took down Amodio was Florida native Jonathon Fisher, who also went on a nice winning streak with a double-digit number of victories. The world is currently captivated by Amy Schnieder who is in the midst of a 28-game winning streak. Just last night (Friday) she became the first woman to surpass the $1 million mark. She is just 10 victories away from catching Amodio and perhaps setting other “Jeopardy!” records.
As a new host of the game show, Mayim Bialik has had a front-row seat for all of the ‘Jeopardy’ action. Most know Bialik for her television and film roles that have won her much acclaim. Her most notable roles were on “Blossom” and the hit sitcom “Bing Bang Theory” in which she played the lovable nerd Amy Farrah Fowler. But Bialik is also a neuroscientist and certainly ranks among the intellectual elite. In an appearance on the “Kelly Clarkson Show,” the “Jeopardy!” host talks about her new gig.
“If you want to feel the stupidest, sit in the Jeopardy! writers room,” she says with a laugh. “I mean, I crawl in like, ‘Good morning everyone, Igor is here.'”
Bialik also notes how much she admires the ‘Jeopardy!” writing team. “These people have so much knowledge and it is so beautiful,” she says.
‘Jeopardy!’ Host Mayim Bialik Describes Hosting a Game Show
The actress and neuroscientist says she is certainly enjoying her new gig as the “Jeopardy!” host. She was originally asked to serve as a temporary guest host earlier in 2021 as the show looked for a potential host to replace longtime host Alex Trebek.
Overseeing the ‘Jeopardy!’ for nearly four decades, Trebek was a game show icon. He passed away in November 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The show used a slew of celebrities to act as guest hosts while trying to find a permanent replacement.
Bialik is thrilled to be a part of the “Jeopardy! family, she tells Clarkson. “It’s very fun,” she says. “It is very fast-paced. We film five episodes in one day. There is someone in my ear kind of telling me things all day, which is its own kind of madness.”
Schnieder will be going for her 29th win when “Jeopardy!” returns on Monday from a weekend break.