‘Jeopardy!’ Host Mayim Bialik ‘Did Not Know’ How Intensely ‘Passionate’ Fans Are About the Show

by Megan Molseed

Longtime actress Mayim Bialik stepped into a Jeopardy! guest-hosting gig nearly one year ago. Since then, Bialik has had multiple repeat guest appearances hosting the iconic quiz show. And now, she is one of the show’s official hosts as she shares the duties with Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings. 

“It’s been unbelievable,” Mayim Bialik has said of her experience hosting the long-running game show.

“It’s an unbelievable turn of events in my life and career to have this opportunity.” the former Big Bang Theory actress adds. However, there is one element of this hosting gig that has surprised Bialik, the dedicated passion displayed by the Jeopardy! fans.

Mayim Bialik Surprised By How Intensely ‘Passionate’ ‘Jeopardy’ Fans Can Be

“I did not know the depth of in particular the social media presence of people who are so passionate about Jeopardy!,” Bialik explains in a recent Newsweek interview. In fact, the actress notes, even some of her costars are part of this intense fan base. While working on her new movie As They Made Us starring Candace Bergen and Dustin Hoffman, she learned even Academy Award winners are passionate Jeopardy! fans. 

“Candice Bergen and Dustin Hoffman would email me frequently during filming, ‘this a great episode tonight of Jeopardy!,'” Bialik says.

“I have heard from people who I never would have thought were Jeopardy!,” the game show host continues of the passionate Jeopardy! fans. 

“People who are like, Oh, I don’t miss it every single night,” Bialik adds.

“I’m in front of that TV,” she explains. “So I’ve learned so much about humans and I think most people watch Jeopardy!

Bialik Has Made It Clear She Is Up For Permanent ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Duties

The long-running quiz show has had quite a challenging time as of late. After the game shows beloved longtime host Alex Trebek passed away after a battle with cancer in late 2020, game show producers invited several guest hosts to fill in as they searched for a permanent replacement.

Initially, Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards was called on to permanently fill the role as Jeopardy!’s daily host. However, controversy hit when remarks Richards made in a past podcast resurfaced. From there, Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik began their current host-sharing duties. However, Mayim Bialik hasn’t been shy at all about her hopes to be named the hit game show’s permanent daily host.

“I have very publicly thrown my hat into that ring,” Bialik says.

“I like to say as an actor,” the Jeopardy! host continues.

“And as a potential Jeopardy! host, we live season to season,” Bialik adds. “So what I know is where I am until May 6.”