Since taking on the role of “Jeopardy!” guest host, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik has drawn rave reviews.
With a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, the “Jeopardy!” host has the brains required to host the intellectual competition. While her advanced education credentials are impressive, Bialik is mostly known for her work in television and film. She played the titular character in the 1990s sitcom “Blossom” at a very young age. The show won Bialik much acclaim and was the beginning of a successful Hollywood career. More recently, the actress starred in another sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” until it went off the air in 2019. On the heavily popular sitcom, Bialik plays the socially awkward but loveable Amy Farrah Fowler, the love interest of Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper. Amy is a “science nerd” hoping to be socially accepted by her growing group of friends. Her academic experience in neuroscience made her a natural fit for the role in “The Big Bang Theory.”
Bialik has also proven to be a natural fit behind the “Jeopardy!” host’s lectern. Full of charm, wit and intellect, Bialik is popular among the game show’s contestants. During Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” Bialik chats it up with the contestants as the match comes to an end. Each of the players tells her it has been a real treat to work with her, proclaiming themselves to be big fans. “Jeopardy!” took to social media on Thursday to showcase the exchange between host and contestants.
“Today’s contestants are big fans of Mayim Bialik,” the “Jeopardy!” Instagram post states.
‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Praise Mayim Bialik
One contestant describes her favorite moment from “The Big Bang Theory” during the commercial break.
“Mayim, since I am not going to be up here again, I just have to tell you one of my favorite moments from ‘The Big Bang Theory,'” the contestant says. “It is your acting when you get a tiara. It’s classic.”
The contestant then doubled down with a nod to Bialik’s other hit show.
“I have to say my 39-year-old self is thrilled to be on ‘Jeopardy!,'” she says. “But my 10-year-old self is thrilled to be on ‘Jeopardy!’ with Blossom.”
The comment drew a laugh from Bialik and the other player from Thursday’s game. She also thanks the contestant for recognizing two of her most iconic roles.
“You are the first contestants who have said anything to me,” the “Jeopardy!” host says.
Bialik is the eighth celebrity to take on “Jeopardy!” as acting host since the passing of Alex Trebek. The longtime host lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in November of last year. He was 80-years-old at the time of his death.
“Jeopardy!” officials have yet to say when they will name a permanent replacement but it is thought they would like to have it done later this year.