Buzzy Cohen nears the end of his run as guest host of “Jeopardy!” which has viewers wondering who will take the helm next. Cohen took his position behind the podium beginning on May 17 as he hosted the show’s annual Tournament of Champions. Now, fans will gear up to see another face take the “Jeopardy!” reigns.
Mayim Bialik, known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit show comedy sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” will host Jeopardy! from May 31 until June 11. Currently, Bialik stars in and produces the series “Call Me Kat.”
“I think also there’s a lot of iconic pressure. When I was looking over some of the scripts, I was thinking, how would Alex [Trebek] say this? And that’s probably not who I’m expected to be, Alex Trebek, but in my head, I am Alex Trebek — that’s who I want to be.”
Bialik On ‘Jeopardy!’ Gig: ‘One Of The Most Iconic Things I Think That I’m Ever Going To Do’
She added, “It’s funny, because there are different kinds of smart. Jeopardy! smart is a category that I’m not really,” she said. “I have a specific group of knowledge that I can handle, but I think every single time if I was a contestant, I would forget to phrase the answer as a question,” she went on to explain.
She continued, saying, “I’ve been an answer, I think two or three times, which is crazy.” She said taking on the gig will be one of the highlights of her career.
“I’ve been saying it’s really one of the most iconic things I think that I’m ever going to do in my career. It’s going to feel like Forrest Gump, like I’ve been inserted into the Jeopardy! set.”
During an episode of The Wall Street Journal’s podcast “The Journal,” “Jeopardy!” executive producer and former guest host, Mike Richards, gave some details about Sony Entertainment’s process to find a permanent replacement for the show.
“It’s going to come down to the heads of Sony (Entertainment) to make that decision, ultimately, and it’ll come down to testing,” he said. “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.”