‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Mayim Bialik Leads Off First Show with Touching Comments: ‘Tribute to Alex Trebek’

by Joe Rutland
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Mayim Bialik started her two-week trip as guest host on Jeopardy! with a few opening comments and a touching tribute to Alex Trebek.

Bialik, who is known by millions for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, used up a portion of the start of Monday’s show with these words.

Before turning to the three contestants, Bialik states that her charity for her time on Jeopardy! will be the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She also said that she hopes to present the show “with dignity and humility in an effort to pay tribute to Alex Trebek.”

Trebek died in November 2020 from pancreatic cancer. For more than four decades, he was the host of the popular game show created by talk-show host and entrepreneur Merv Griffin.

She will oversee Jeopardy! until June 11, when TODAY cohost Savannah Guthrie gets a chance behind the podium starting June 14. Other guest hosts still to come on Jeopardy! this season include actor LeVar Burton and Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck.

Bialik, who also plays in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, is a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from UCLA. She’s not giving up her acting life, either, as Bialik stars in Call Me Kat on Fox. It just finished its first season and will be back for a second one in the fall.

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Calls Her Time On Show ‘Surreal’ Opportunity

In order to get ready for this task as guest host of Jeopardy!, Bialik is giving her parents a big tip of the cap.

She said in an interview with Jeopardy! producers that having a pair of “crazy” people in her family equipped her for this “surreal” opportunity.

“I think growing up with two crazy parents really made me equipped to do this,” Bialik said. She was raised by two public school teachers who were documentary filmmakers and artists.

Bialik said her parents taught her to learn as much about everything as much as possible. She said being an actor will help her stay calm as the hustle-and-bustle Jeopardy! gets going.

She says that the acting experience in her life will be really helpful.

“But also being able to articulate all of these things — and I didn’t do it perfectly,” Bialik said. She says that thinking fast and moving quickly comes from “being raised by my awesome parents.”

Bialik is already off to a great start with Monday’s show in the books.