The Jeopardy! guest-host carousel continued on Monday with the debut of Mayim Bialik. Bialik is only the second woman to have hosted the iconic game show, with the other being Katie Couric. And while some viewers might know Bialik from her many starring roles, particularly in Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, they may be surprised to know that she is a genuine scholar.
“It is an incredible honor to guest host Jeopardy!," Bialik said after being introduced at the top of the show. “I was raised in a very creative and academic family, but it wasn't until high school that I fell in love with science, and that love led me to a PhD in neuroscience. I so appreciate that Jeopardy! is a show that tests all aspects of intellect and allows the brightest minds to shine.”
Bialik did an excellent job as host, prompting many viewers to discuss her performance on social media.
Awww! I love Mayim Bialik as the host of #Jeopardy. Of course she'd be great. She's sweet, personable & very smart.
— Bitsy's Mom (@michelleismyna2) May 31, 2021
Mayim Bialik is doing great! Smart, controlled and confident. One of the best cohosts by far. #Jeopardy
— Rhonda W. (@Rhonda_W88) May 31, 2021
#Jeopardy Mayim Bialik is terrific on Jeopardy. She has my vote for permanent host.
— DeborahWhite (@DeborahWhite) June 1, 2021
Shortly after the show aired, the actress also took to Twitter to discuss her debut. She rarely watches any of her performances on camera but she made an exception in this case. And while she was a little critical of her voice and appearance, she did say, “It’s the only thing I’ve ever enjoyed watching myself in, mostly because I’m barely on camera.”
So I never watch myself back on camera. Like... ever. But I did tonight with my boys because, well, it’s @Jeopardy! Just wanted to share my thoughts & say thank you to those who tuned in!! 💙 Now I’m off to sleep because it’s bedtime for me over here on the East Coast. Night 💤🌙 pic.twitter.com/GfvHYMMU0S
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) June 1, 2021
Bialik will continue hosting duties until June 11. Jeopardy! will match the contestants’ daily winning with a donation to the charity she chose, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
Jeopardy! is a syndicated program; visit Jeopardy.com or check your local listings for the TV schedule.
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