Actress Mayim Bialik debuted as a guest host for “Jeopardy!” this past Monday. During her two-week tenure, the show is matching contestants winnings and donating towards a charity of her choice
After her first five episodes, the stint under the “The Big Bang Theory” star raised nearly $100,000. The donation will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The game show’s official Instagram announced the donation with a photo of Bialik. Its caption read, “$98,752 raised for National Alliance on Mental Illness during @missmayim’s first week as guest host! @namicommunicate.”
Bialik chose a charity known for being the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers education programs aimed at giving families, individuals, and educators support. In addition, it helps shape national public policy for people with mental illness and their families.
The “Jeopardy!” guest host said she chose NAMI because she’s worked with them before. She also told USA Today in an interview that it goes deeper, as she’s received help from the organization.
“I’ve been involved with that charity as a client, as it were.”
The neuroscientist, both in real life and in acting, seems to be adjusting pretty well as guest host. She’s also mentioned how fitting this opportunity is for her.
Bialik told USA Today she’s enjoyed hosting behind the “Jeopardy!” podium after starting her two-week run on Memorial Day 2021. And since she has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, she seems like a great choice for the job.
Older television fans may recognize Bialik from “Blossom,” while others know her as Amy Farrah Fowler from “The Big Bang Theory.” Both series were widely popular, making her the huge success she is today.
“Jeopardy!” Announcer Johnny Gilbert Considered Quitting Show
Sadly, it broke the hearts of long-time “Jeopardy!” fans to lose host Alex Trebek. His death also influenced announcer Johnny Gilbert, who thought about quitting the game show shortly after.
After working together for almost 40 years, Gilbert explained how difficult it was to move on.
“It’s not easy for me because I worked with Alex for 37 years, and I never thought of anybody replacing him. Nobody can do it like he did it, you know,” Gilbert told AP TV.
Despite losing his good friend, Gilbert decided to remain the announcer for the game show. As Outsider’s John Jamison covered, those who have followed “Jeopardy!” recently know that the show is rotating through a series of guest hosts. And this marked a major change for the longtime announcer, who was accustomed to Trebek and Trebek alone.
Mike Richards, the executive producer, spoke on behalf of Gilbert and his future on the show.
“Johnny will be the announcer of “Jeopardy!” as long as he would like to be the announcer of “Jeopardy!” he said in the article.