‘Jeopardy!’: Former Guest Host Mayim Bialik Pays Tribute to Alex Trebek on His 81st Birthday

by Chris Haney

On Thursday, former Jeopardy! guest host Mayim Bialik paid tribute to legendary host Alex Trebek on what would have been his 81st birthday.

Like countless other fans on social media today, Bialik made sure to honor Trebek on his July 22nd born day. She shared a short and heartfelt message and included an old black and white photo of Trebek. “Happy birthday to Alex Trebek, a legend who will never be forgotten,” Bialik added to the picture.

Tributes poured in from all over on the iconic host’s first birthday since he passed away in November 2020. As a recent interim host on Jeopardy!, Bialik didn’t let the special day pass by without acknowledging Trebek and his legacy. Since his death, the game show has used a rotating cast of celebrity guest hosts. Bialik took over the podium at the end of May as the ninth interim to date. Her two-week stint as guest host ran from May 31 to June 11.

The Big Bang Theory actress has some other connections to Jeopardy! and its famous host as well. While starring in Blossom in the ’90s, Trebek made a guest appearance on her show.

“Well, Alex Trebek was on Blossom, the show that I was on in the 90s,” Bialik said. “And that was really spectacular because at the time, we were a young show, and we were just trying to get guest stars who had notoriety and Alex was that.”

In addition, Bialik has also been an answer to the game show’s clues on more than one occasion.

“Usually I get random texts in the middle of the night from relatives and friends saying, ‘Look you were the answer on Jeopardy!,'” she said.

Mayim Bialik Shares Touching Thoughts on Alex Trebek While Guest-Hosting ‘Jeopardy!’

Like all of the celebrity interims that have taken over Jeopardy! this year, Bialik opened up about taking over the podium for Alex Trebek. While speaking about hosting the popular game show, she described the experience as inspiring and simply “unbelievable.”

“It was literally not believable,” Bialik said jokingly. “That’s what the word unbelievable is for.”

She also knows just how important Trebek was to so many. For 37 years he was part of fans’ lives who tuned in to Jeopardy! each weekday evening. She called him a “beloved personality,” and that’s why she wanted to approach the position with the utmost respect and humility.

“It is something I did with tremendous humility and respect for him. And just, I mean, I had an unbelievable time,” she said.

Previous to her debut episode on the game show, Bialik shared further thoughts about Trebek.

“It is an incredible honor to guest host Jeopardy!,” Bialik said to lead off her first episode.

“I so appreciate that Jeopardy! is a show that tests all aspects of intellect, and allows the brightest minds to shine. Over the next two weeks, I look forward to raising money for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and presenting this show with dignity and humility in an effort to pay tribute to Alex Trebek,” she added.