‘Jeopardy!’: Future Guest-Host Mayim Bialik Says Becoming Full-Time Host Is ‘A Dream Job’

by Jennifer Shea

Actress Mayim Bialik is set to guest-host “Jeopardy!” in the near future, and she’s excited about the episodes, which have yet to air.

Bialik talked to “Chatting with the Stars” earlier this month, after she had finished taping her episodes but before they air from May 31 to June 11. One of her interviewers asked Bialik if she would take the permanent hosting gig were it offered to her.

“I mean that’s like a, that’s a dream job,” Bialik said. “And I have to say, my experience just – I did ten episodes – was an absolute dream. My brain really works the way that show works, meaning I’m constantly thinking about things, saying things. You have to be very quick on your feet and have someone in your ear being like, ‘Cut to commercial! Do this!’”

“I loved it,” Bialik added. “I loved that pacing. So, I’m very excited for my episodes to air, because I hope that people will appreciate the kind of host that I was. And, you know, really trying to do honor to Alex Trebek, as well.”  

Watch Bialik’s comments on “Jeopardy!” here:

‘Jeopardy!’ Is Running Through Multiple Guest Hosts

Since late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020, several guest hosts have filled in for him.

First, there was “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings. Then it was “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, followed by ex-“Today” show host Katie Couric. Next was Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show.”

The most recent episodes to air featured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is next, and then it’s “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, followed by Buzzy Cohen in the “Tournament of Champions.” Bialik, “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will round out the list.

Mayim Bialik Felt the Pressure

As much as she enjoyed taping her “Jeopardy!” episodes, Bialik was also pretty nervous. She said she felt intense pressure to live up to Trebek’s legacy.

“There’s a lot of responsibility that falls on the host,” Bialik told People last month. “I think also there’s a lot of iconic pressure. When I was looking over some of the scripts, I was thinking, how would Alex [Trebek] say this? And that’s probably not who I’m expected to be, Alex Trebek, but in my head, I am Alex Trebek — that’s who I want to be.”

Still, Bialik admitted that she didn’t watch “Jeopardy!” much growing up. And when she talked to People, she said “Jeopardy!” is a “different kind of smart” than she is.

“It’s funny, because there are different kinds of smart. ‘Jeopardy!’ smart is a category that I’m not really,” she says. “I have a specific group of knowledge that I can handle, but I think every single time, if I was a contestant, I would forget to phrase the answer as a question.”

But Bialik enjoyed picking out 10 different outfits to wear for her hosting duties. And she added jokingly that, of course, she will “pretend like I know all the answers” regardless of whether she actually does.