‘Jeopardy!’: Watch Mayim Bialik Surprise Professors Tournament Competitors with Semifinalist Announcement

by Joe Rutland

Some Jeopardy! competitors in the show’s Professors Tournament received quite a surprise from host Mayim Bialik on Friday.

Bialik was the host of the tournament.

Take a look at what went down in this clip from Jeopardy!

After Alisa Hove, who teaches at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., moved on, Bialik shared some news with the other two.

Professors J.P. Allen from the University of San Francisco and Deborah Steinberger from The University of Delaware in Newark, Del., got the news that they would be joining Hove.

Why? were they surprised? Both professors had earned enough money to secure “wild card” spots.

They will continue playing on Jeopardy!

This is the first tournament of its kind as 15 different professors from around the United States play to possibly win $100,000. Also, the tournament winner can get a spot in the overall Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

Play started last Monday and rolls on until Friday, Dec. 17. 

‘Jeopardy!’ Keeps Ken Jennings, Bialik Around As Hosts For Rest of Season 38

The search for a full-time Jeopardy! host has been pretty quiet this season.

Lots of drama just filled the whole process. After GOAT show host Alex Trebek died in November 2020, Jeopardy! had to figure out how to move forward.

Producers had Ken Jennings take over a hosting role as executives plotted their next move. Numerous guest hosts rolled in to have their turn. Then, executive producer of both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune Mike Richards was picked.

Well, that didn’t last. Some comments from Richards’ past came to the forefront. It didn’t end well. Richards resigned and lost his role as executive producer for both shows.

Mayim Bialik and Jennings took turns switching as hosts. Bialik already was going to host the program’s tournaments. Richards would handle the daily game show.

As things sit now, Bialik and Jennings will run the games for the rest of this season.

“We are delighted to let you know our excellent and experienced team in front of and behind the camera will continue into 2022: @missmayim and #kenjennings will share hosting duties through the end of #Jeopardy! Season 38, and Michael Davies will remain as executive producer,” according to an announcement from the show’s Instagram account.

So far, the comment section for the post is full of pretty positive reactions.

One fan writes, “Great decision! Ken is synonymous with Jeopardy for so many people so keeping him on is a great move!”

Another fan writes, “love Mayim Bialik for jeopardy!! She brings such positivity and fun!”

So viewers can expect to see Bialik and Jennings on their TV screens through July 2022. Here’s hoping Jeopardy! can stay focused on the contestants and games.