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‘Jeopardy!’: Mayim Bialik Speaks Out on ‘Surreal’ Opportunity to Host the Show

by Josh Lanier
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Mayim Bialik takes over Jeopardy! as guest host on Monday, May 31, but she said she still has trouble believing that it’s happening.

She tweeted Sunday about her excitement over the upcoming shows, saying that “it’s all so surreal.”

Bialik is the latest in a long string of celebrity guest hosts for the game show. Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!’s longtime host, died last year. The show plans to name his replacement this summer but will use guest hosts for the remainder of this season.

The Former Big Bang Theory star also has the honor of hosting the show as it returns to its regular format. Jeopardy! has spent the past two weeks playing the Tournament of Champions. A former winner of the Tournament Buzzy Cohen, a beloved character who seems like he stepped out of the internet just for the show, hosted this year’s tournament.

Bialik’s time as host will also help benefit National Alliance on Mental Illness, which gives support and resources for those with mental illness and their families. Jeopardy! will match the winners’ totals during Bialik’s two weeks as host and donate that amount to NAMI, the charity she picked.

Bialik: What Equipped Me to Host ‘Jeopardy!’

Mayim Bialik is an academic as well as an actress. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA and a lifetime of experience in front of a camera. She’s been an actress since she was a teenager. But the 45-year-old said in an interview with Jeopardy! producers what best equipped her to host the show isn’t practical, but a pair of “crazy” people.

“I think growing up with two crazy parents really made me equipped to do this,” she said, laughing. “But, no, honestly when I think about the way that I was raised — you know I was raised by two public school teachers, who were documentary filmmakers, and artists. I was taught to learn as much as I could about everything. So, honestly, it’s really that, that I feel drives me.”

But she isn’t discounting her time as a performer either. She believes that will also help her remain calm as the hustle-and-bustle of the show gets going and there are dozens of things she’ll need to pay attention to.

“I think that being an actor and a performer is really, really helpful for this,” she said. “But also being able to articulate all of these things — and I didn’t do it perfectly — but being able to kind of think on your feet and think fast and move quickly, that’s really just from being raised by my awesome parents.”