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“I was the headline on CNN three days in a row,” Bialik said. “Who knew people were so passionate about who hosts Jeopardy?”
After the death of host Alex Trebek, Bialik was part of a months-long carousel of guest hosts over the spring and summer months of this year. Executive producer Mike Richards was finally named host, but quickly stepped down after past comments he made about women and others came to light.
That put Bialik right back in the hosting seat, and she’ll be splitting duties with Ken Jennings through the end of the year. She said the point of being the host is to not be the story.
“I mean, I'm just trying to read the clues. You know, just let me read the clues,” Bialik said. “The thing about Jeopardy!, we spend our whole lives wanting to be seen, you know, and this job is like — people should think the least about me as possible. Meaning, it's my job to be the host, just like read the clues.”
Luckily, Bialik has been a fan-favorite all along and continues to draw support from viewers on Twitter, calling her “the best host for the show.”
Mayim Bialik is the perfect Jeopardy host. She was always my pick out of the guest hosts. #controversialhottake
— Denver Smith (@denverjsmith) September 29, 2021
Mayim is the best host for the show.
— Louise (@louf989032) September 29, 2021
I hope they keep Mayim Bialik as the Jeopardy host. She does such a good job
— Paige (@paige_beeee) September 28, 2021
Mayim Bialik is really… blossoming… into the Jeopardy host role
— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) September 28, 2021
While having the viewers appreciate her hosting job is one thing, what’s important is that she appreciates the job as well.
“It's incredibly enjoyable,” Bialik said. “I learn things all day. I meet people who have a kind of knowledge that I do not possess. I would do horrible on Jeopardy! Horrible.”
Watch how fans reacted to seeing Mike Richards host Jeopardy! before his official exit: