‘Jeopardy!’ Announces Huge Donation Total for Mayim Bialik’s Second Week as Guest Host

by Joe Rutland

“Jeopardy!” makes sure charities supported by their guest hosts get recognition. Mayim Bialik’s charity is getting a really big donation.

Bialik, who wrapped up her two-week stint as guest host Friday, will be watching the show give the National Alliance of Mental Illness $194,851. That amount was put out as a tweet from the official Jeopardy! account.

Now “Jeopardy!” sends Bialik off with support for her charity as well as thanks for guest hosting. She’s just one of many who have stepped in this season after the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, or NAMI, website, it is “the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”

Mental health is a big topic for Bialik, who hosts the podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”

“To be honest, 2020 was a beast of a year, and my partner Jonathan [Cohen] and I have a shared passion for mental illness and mental illness education,” Bialik said in an article for Forbes. “So many more people have either occurrences of mental health challenges or they were experiencing intense anxiety for the first time in their life.

“[And] so many people didn’t even know what to call it or what it was or what you could do about it,” Bialik said. That led her to start her podcast.

‘Jeopardy!’ Already Had Fan In Bialik Before She Took On Guest Host Duties

“Jeopardy!” is one show that definitely keeps people’s attention. Bialik admitted to being a fan of the game show for a long time, even before her guest-host opportunity. She has a Ph.D. in nanotechnology besides an impressive acting resume’.

Bialik, for another generation, is known as playing “Blossom” on the show of the same name. Obviously, she played Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.” Now she’s entering the second season of her own sitcom “Call Me Kat” on FOX.

With “Jeopardy!” coming down to its final couple of months this season, guest hosts will continue in two-week and one-week stints. Up after Bialik is “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. She’ll do a two-week stint, too, starting on Monday.

But the popular game show remains without a full-time host. What will executive producer Mike Richards do to fill Trebek’s place? Many fans will say that’s impossible to do. Yet the show needs a permanent host. Richards, who also is executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune,” will have decisions to make before next season begins.

“Jeopardy!” was created by talk-show host and entrepreneur Merv Griffin. It originally aired on NBC in its first incarnation with Art Fleming as the host. When it hit syndication in the 1980s, Trebek, who hosted game shows like “Card Sharks” in the 1970s, was named host.