Upcoming Jeopardy! guest host Mayim Bialik has a unique favorite Alex Trebek memory. One dating back three decades.
Bialik will guest host Jeopardy! for two weeks beginning Monday, May 31. The show released a question and answer session with her ahead of her first show. When producers asked what her favorite memory of the former Jeopardy! host was, the actress and neuroscientist had one unlike any of the other guest hosts.
“Well, Alex Trebek was on Blossom, the show that I was on in the 90s,” she said. “And that was really spectacular because at the time, we were a young show, and we were just trying to get guest stars who had notoriety and Alex was that.”
Though, she said she didn’t get a chance to interact with him back then. She was just happy that he agreed to do the show. And in some sense, she’s paying him back by filling in as guest host.
She’s also very proud that she’s been an answer on Jeopardy! more than once.
“Usually I get random texts in the middle of the night from relatives and friends saying, ‘Look you were the answer on Jeopardy!’,” she said.
The producers of Jeopardy! are expected to name a permanent replacement for Trebek this summer. But they’ll continue to use guest hosts for the remainder of this season.
The Today show’s Savannah Guthrie will follow Bialik. You can see the schedule of upcoming hosts here.
Bialik Hopes to Be a Role Model to Young People
Along with her immense success on television shows such as The Big Bang Theory and her current Fox sitcom Call Me Kat, Mayim Bialik has accomplished a lot off-screen as well. She published two books — one on attachment parenting and a vegan cookbook. She plans to direct her first film, which she wrote, later this year. The 45-year-old also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
The latter is the thing she’s most proud of, and she hopes her love of science can help inspire young people.
“I think being a woman of science, as I am, is something I’m obviously very passionate about presenting myself as,” she told Jeopardy!. “I really didn’t grow up with a lot of female role models, and I think, especially for young people — not just young girls, but young girls and boys to see that women can be scientists and can do these type of intellectual things, that feels very important to me.”