Answer: Star of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Call Me Kat,” she has a PhD in neuroscience. Question: Who is Mayim Bialik? The actress has been tapped to guest host the popular game show “Jeopardy!,” a role Ken Jennings has been temporarily filling in the wake of host Alex Trebek’s death from cancer in November.
Bialik joins a group of guest hosts that includes journalist Katie Couric, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who earned $50,000 for a cancer charity on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015. Donations will be made to charities of each host’s choice, equal to the winnings the contestants accumulate that week.
‘“Jeopardy!’ has been a part of the cultural milieu for practically my entire life,” Bialik told the Journal. “As someone who embraces my inner–and outer–nerd, being able to be a part of this iconic show is absolutely beyond anything I ever imagined. I am flattered, honored, humbled, and beyond excited!” she said. “I can’t imagine saying no to hosting permanently if I was asked, so I consider this guest thing my audition and I will do my best to make everyone want me forever!”
No airdate has been announced, but Bialik is scheduled to tape her episodes this spring.