‘Jeopardy!’: Guest Host Mayim Bialik Reveals Why She Would Have ‘Trouble’ as a Contestant on the Show

by Thad Mitchell

Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will begin her Jeopardy! guest hosting tenure later Monday and will remain in the role for the next two weeks.

Bialik is most known for her work in film and in television. Her top roles include the titular character in television show “Blossom” and “Big Bang Theory,” in which she plays Amy Farrah Fowler. She has received numerous award nominations for her work on Big Bang Theory. Bialik has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations from her time on the show. She is also starring in a new sitcom called “Call Me Kat” which was just recently renewed for a second season. Bialik is also a star in the intellectual field, having received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007.

Despite her advanced education and superior smarts, Bialik isn’t sure if she would make a great contestant on Jeopardy!. The actress will preside over 10 Jeopardy! episodes during her two-week run as the show’s guest host. She says her status as a neuroscientist can be deceiving and that she might not do as well as some predict if she were a contestant. She discusses her chances of winning Jeopardy! and her opportunity as guest host in a recent interview.

“Most people assume that because I’m a neuroscientist, I’m good at ‘Jeopardy!'” she says. “I actually would have trouble remembering to frame the answer as a question so I’d probably lose because of that. I have a very specific set of knowledge about very specific categories. If there’s anything on like biblical history or neuroscience, I got it.”

Mayim Bialik Discusses ‘Jeopardy!’ Rehearsal

Bialik also talks about rehearsing for the show and the skills she possesses that will do her well during the Jeopardy! gig. She says that while it is her first time on Jeopardy!, it isn’t her first time hosting an event.

“I’ve hosted other things before,” she says of past experiences. “I’m a science communicator so I’m used to presenting information directly and in a friendly manner. I’m kind of planning on using all those skills.”

Should things go well for her these next couple of weeks, Bialik could receive consideration for the permanent Jeopardy! job. She says if that opportunity were to come about, she would strongly consider it.

Bialik is following former Jeopardy! contestant Buzzy Cohen, who has emerged as a fan favorite for the position. Cohen wrapped up his hosting tenure last week as he oversaw the annual Tournament of Champions.