Actress Mayim Bialik revealed that she wants to become the new permanent host of “Jeopardy!”
Although she is busy making her directorial debut and was busy filming the second season of her Fox sitcom, “Call Me Kat,” the former “The Big Bang Theory” star says that she has what it takes to become the new full-time host of “Jeopardy!”.
Mayim Bialik Reveals She Is Hosting Until One Specific Date… Past That, She Has No Idea!
During the Critic’s Choice Awards on Sunday, Bialik told ET reporter Lauren Zima that she will be hosting “Jeopardy!” up until Friday, May 6 and “hopefully” beyond that.
When asked if would like to become the new permanent host of “Jeopardy!”, Bialik replied, “I would love that. I like to say, I’ve lived season to season since I was about 13 years old. So, what I know is, I’m hosting until May 6, and beyond that, hopefully.”
She added, “Hopefully, I’ll know more before May 6.”
It’s a bit unclear when Bialik is going to take back the podium from “Jeopardy!” Greatest of All Time Tournament Winner Ken Jennings, who has been hosting regular gameplay pretty consistently since early January. The “Blossom” child star has recently hosted the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament last December and February’s National College Championship, which aired on primetime.
With no more tournaments likely to air before May, it remains to be seen when Bialik will take over the hosting podium from Ken Jennings, or for how long.
Mayim Bialik Wants To Become The First Female Host Of ‘Jeopardy!’
Bialik added that she would love to make history as the first female host of “Jeopardy!”.
“I think being a female is its own mark,” she said. “My grandparents were immigrants to this country, so I think for me, being in two generations being a woman and a host in that iconic role blows my mind.”
She also stated that she has met the family of the late Alex Trebek and that she has felt “humbled” around them.
“I got to meet them when we dedicated the stage and just feel so humbled around them,” she recalled. “I want to only honor. You can’t match him, so there’s no need to try, but do it continuously, and have their blessing and feel what they are doing is supporting that legacy.”
Although Bialik has commitments to her acting schedule, she revealed that it’s not confirmed that “Call Me Kat” will return for a third season.
“We are in season 2,” she said when asked about the possibility of a third season. “As I said, I live season to season, and we do have a very big ending for season two coming up. It’s been very exciting for us.”
Mayim Bialik Defends Herself From ‘Jeopardy!’ Criticism: ‘I Barely Act Alone’
One of the biggest criticisms that fans have against Mayim Bialik as the new host is that she was not familiar with the show before she started hosting, so there is a steep learning curve. For example, fans were frustrated when she started referring to the first round of the show as “Single Jeopardy!” The second round of the show is known as “Double Jeopardy!” but the first round is known simple as “Jeopardy!”.
“People care a lot, I get it,” Bialik said in a recent interview. “And I’m sorry. I’m doing my best!”
She added that even veteran host Alex Trebek used that term on occasion, but that the producers had apparently approved the terminology since it was allowed to air.
“If it wasn’t right, they would’ve had me redo it,” she insisted. “I barely act alone … there are so many things that we re-tape. If it was literally not kosher, there are a million producers, writers, and researchers and they’re all listening to me.”
“I say things all the time where they’ll be like, ‘What? Do it again,’” she added. “So it’s not like Mayim’s going rogue! Everything is very carefully monitored. There’s a thing in my ear, I promise.”
She also stated that the best part of hosting the show is getting to meet all of the different contestants that grace the “Jeopardy!” stage.
“I love meeting all the contestants,” she shared. “I love to hear their stories. Some of them are academics, some of them are housewives and some of them are teachers. It’s all different kinds of people who can hold information in a way that most of us cannot.”