Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik got her “Jeopardy!” hosting tenure off on the right foot with the debut of her first episode.
Bialik is mostly known for her work on television shows “Blossom” and “Big Bang Theory” but she also is a star in the world of science. She obtained a Doctorate in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2007 and has described herself as a “science nerd” before. When it came time for the bright “Jeopardy!” lights to shine on her, Bialik reflected on what she knows best — and that is science. In her opening monologue, the actress begins her hosting stint by discussing her love and appreciation of science. Bialik says she hopes to pay tribute to late host Alex Trebek by bringing dignity and respect to the hosting position.
“Mayim Bialik kicks off her first show as guest host by sharing her love of science and appreciation for Jeopardy!” the social media post from “Jeopardy!” proclaims.
“Jeopardy!” fans took an instant liking to Bialik as evidenced by the overwhelming positivity her appearance generated. She certainly appears to be a natural behind the “Jeopardy!” lectern and kept the show’s sometimes frantic pace intact. Several fans of the show took to social media after her debut episode to rave about her performance. It is easy to see that the sitcom actress is already starting to gather support.
‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Sound off on Mayim Bialik’s Debut
“She’s got the educational background, star quality and host qualities too,” a Twitter user writes. Maybe permanent host?”
“She’s going to one of the ones to beat — that’s for sure!” another “Jeopardy!” fan writes. “Smart and personable, so….she’s going to be tough to outshine.”
“Already moving up to be one of my favs!” another social media poster says. “Knowledgeable and has a great voice.”
Before the episode aired Monday evening, Bialik admits to being quite nervous and ponders if she should even watch her “Jeopardy!” debut. In a social media post, she puts up a photo of herself looking uneasy and wonders if her kids will tease her. It is safe to say she made the right decision to watch the show.
“Pit in my stomach here on the east coast as ‘Jeopardy!’ starts soon-ish!” she says. “So nervous and excited. I never watch myself ever but tonight I may have to. My kids are visiting me in New Jersey and they will tease me so hard but I think we will watch.”