Mayim Bialik took time at the top of Monday’s Jeopardy! episode to thank her oldest son for talking her into hosting the show. He suggested that she give it a try, she said.
“As I start my second week of guest-hosting Jeopardy! I want to thank my 15-year-old, Miles,” she said Monday. “He was the one who first suggested I give this a try. And I hope I am making him, and his little brother Frederick, proud.”
As Bialik heads into her second and final week of hosting, she is still raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Jeopardy! matches the winners’ totals and donates that amount to the charity of the guest host’s choice. Bialik chose NAMI, and in her first week, the contestants raised $98,752.
“I’ve been involved with that charity as a client, as it were.”
She didn’t elaborate further.
‘Jeopardy!’ Producer Talks Host Hiring Process
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s podcast, Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards said the guest-hosting slots have been a try-out of sorts. The show plans to announce a permanent host next month, and they’re using the guest-hosting stints as auditions, effectively.
“It’s going to come down to the heads of Sony (Entertainment) to make that decision, ultimately, and it’ll come down to testing. They’ve been a part of it. They know what’s going on in the studio. They’re watching the feed, the tapings. It’s very extensive. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of, as far as testing in its size and scope,” he said.
There are still several Jeopardy! guest hosts left to go. Some of them include The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie (June 14-25). CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host from June 28-July 9.
Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos will take the lectern from July 12-16. After that, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck will host. Levar Burton has been lobbying for the job for months and several fans have taken up his cause.
Though, Richards said that they will take several factors into consideration not just fan popularity.
“We’re pretty astute in the way that we approach that,” Richards said. “What we’re going to look for is the best candidate for the show, and we’re not going to limit it to anyone based on anything. That would be the Jeopardy! way.”