Mayim Bialik wants to be the full-time game show host


Mayim Bialik makes it known: “Yes, I want to animate ‘Jeopardy!’ full time.”

The “Big Bang Theory” star was originally recruited in August to host only the show’s prime-time specials and tournaments, but Sony announced last week that Bialik and the former “Jeopardy!” Champion Ken Jennings will replace hosts of the beloved game show for the remainder of the year following the exit of host and executive producer Mike Richards.

Bialik has not commented publicly on Richards’ departure, telling Glamor she avoids “drama” and does not “read the news”, but the actress is now making it “very clear” that she wants the gig. highly coveted accommodation. “It’s a dream job,” she said.

“There is no other job that I would rather have,” Bialik, 45, said in a new interview published on Tuesday. “I love my sitcom job, I love it. I love all the other things I do. I love the podcast. But I absolutely never had a better job.”

USA TODAY contacted Bialik and “Jeopardy!” for comment.

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Bialik, an Emmy-nominated actress who earned a degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, said the game show animation required her to “squeeze my brain.”

“The use of my brain and my skills seems to me better suited to this work on ‘Jeopardy!’,” She said. “I think it’s a dream job for everyone, but especially for someone who is trained first as a performer, then as a science communicator.”

The “Call Me Kat” star previously told USA TODAY that filling in as a guest host in May was “incredibly rewarding” and a huge accomplishment.

“Of all the things I have done, all the acting that I have played, all the advocacy I have done and all my academic things, this is the most understood thing in the and most amazing world to be a part of, ”she said. “It’s incredible.”

She continued, “I don’t really know how to explain (my filming experience) other than to say that I really felt like I was at home. I felt like they were my people… C “was really very natural, and it was great. I cried. I cried after my two days there. I didn’t want to leave.”

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For a long time “Jeopardy!” fans, the drama over the search to replace Alex Trebek, who died last year after a battle with pancreatic cancer, has cast a dark cloud over the quiz. Even though contestant Matt Amodio has become the show’s most successful champion since James Holzhauer in recent weeks, media coverage has focused on Richards’ ascendancy as host after two years as executive producer. , and on past trials, sexist remarks and the controversies that weighed on him.

In August, Richards was announced as Alex Trebek’s successor under the name “Jeopardy!” host. He resigned from his new role less than two weeks later amid controversy over past comments disparaging women, Jews and the homeless. Richards remained as executive producer, but was fired from that role at the end of August.

Bialik declined to comment on the Richards scandal (“I think not commenting is the safest thing to do”), but described working with Richards in the midst of the turmoil.

“As a producer (of Richards), of course I still had to work with him, talk to him and interact with him (when that report came out),” she told Glamor. “But that’s because I’m the headlong type, which means I had to keep working the way I did until he was no longer the person literally in my ear.”

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Although “Jeopardy!” made headlines daily with the accommodation reshuffle, Bialik said she does not “read the news” or “engage” in “the court of public opinion”.

“I was basically relying on my 15 year old daughter… telling me what the internet was saying,” she said. “In some cases that’s a detriment, because I don’t always know what’s going on. But I don’t check Twitter when I come in to see who thinks should be on ‘Jeopardy! “that day. I go to work and do my job.

She said her ultimate goal was to help “Jeopardy!” return to its reputation as a “form of entertainment without drama and without drama”. She added: “What I want is stability for the team and for the staff and as much as possible for the viewers.”

Bialik returned as a guest host on Monday, where she is behind the lectern until at least October 8.

Contributions: Kelly Lawler, Hannah Yasharoff, Erin Jensen

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