‘Jeopardy!’: Mayim Bialik Sends Special Message as She Takes on Hosting Duties This Week

by Josh Lanier
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Mayim Bialik starts her extended stay as Jeopardy! host on Monday and she is thrilled. She tweeted her excitement recently and welcomed “living legend” Ken Jennings to share the host’s podium.

Bialik takes over as guest host for the syndicated version of the beloved game show following Mike Richards‘ one-week tenure running the game. Sony fired him this summer after journalists unearthed controversial comments he made about women and minorities on his Randumb podcast several years ago.

Sony originally tapped Bialik to host the primetime episodes of Jeopardy! and any potential spinoffs. Now, she’ll get an extended audition to be the show’s main host for the next several weeks. Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings, who was the first guest host of Jeopardy! after Alex Trebek died late last year, will share hosting duties with her starting in November, Deadline said.

Sony executives are in no rush to pick a permanent successor for the show. Currently, the company’s main focus is to repair the damage done to Jeopardy!‘s brand during the previous search.

LeVar Burton Thanks Supporters as He Ends Bid for Jeopardy! Job

Despite the massive fan campaign to have former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton replace Alex Trebek as Jeopardy! host, Sony executives didn’t pick him for the job. Now, Burton says he’s moving on with his life, but he’s likely not done with game shows.

The Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation star told Trevor Noah on The Daily Show last week that he realized he didn’t want the job as much as he thought he did.

“The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something, you know, they say be careful of what you wish for. Because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all,” Burton told the comedian. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right, but then, when I didn’t get it, it was, like, well, okay, what’s next?”

And take note, this isn’t some double-bluff, 4-D chess move for Burton to worm his way into the hosting gig. He made that clear when an LA Times journalist tweeted that LeVar Burton would take the Jeopardy! job “in a heartbeat” if asked.

I’ll take how does that shoe taste for $400.

Burton gave up his dream to become Jeopardy! host, but the fan campaigns showed him that there is a market for a LeVar Burton game show. He needs to figure out what that would look like.

“I never thought about hosting any other game show outside of Jeopardy!, but they went in a different direction with their show, which is their right, and now I’m thinking, well, it does kind of make sense. Let me see what I can do, so we’re trying to figure out what the right game show for LeVar Burton would be.”