Though her episodes as Jeopardy! host won’t air until next month, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik is speaking up on the experience.
Bialik, most known for her roles on “Blossom” and “Big Bang Theory,” has already recorded her Jeopardy! episodes. In a recent interview, she confirms that episodes with her at the host’s podium will begin on May 31. She describes the experience of hosting the hit quiz show as “unbelievable” and inspiring.
“It was literally not believable,” she says jokingly. “That’s what the word unbelievable is for.”
Bialik, who has a new sitcom out named “Call Me Cat,” details her immense respect for the late Alex Trebek. The iconic Jeopardy! host was with the show for 37 years before passing away late last year at the age of 80. Trebek died on November 8 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Jeopardy! plans on naming a permanent host at some point but hasn’t put a timeline on when the move might be made. Until then, the plan is to continue utilizing celebrities to fill in as guest hosts. Bialik says she studied Trebek in hopes of learning tricks of the trade and came away with even more respect for the legendary host.
Calling Trebek a “beloved personality,” she says she approached the position with great respect and humility.
“It is something I did with tremendous humility and respect for him and just, I mean, I had an unbelievable time,” she says.
Jeopardy! Hosting a Natural Fit for Mayim Bialik
Bialik goes on to say that getting behind the host’s podium was a natural fit and she felt positive about her performance. She also talks about the attributes needed to pull off the hosting gig and what traits best serve future candidates.
“My brain works the way a Jeopardy! brain needs to work,” she says. “It requires you to think fast and think on your feet.”
Currently, the Jeopardy! guest hosting position is in the capable hands of journalist Anderson Cooper. He began his stint on the show Monday (April 19) taking over for NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Others who have taken on host duties include former contestant Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric and talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Journalist Bill Whitaker is in the on-deck circle and will begin his tenure in two weeks when Cooper completes his run.