Mayim Bialik was determined to “help” with “Jeopardy!”. however, she could after Mike Richards resigned.
The former “Big Bang Theory” actress was originally hired to host prime time specials and spin-off series of the long-running quiz show, but after the departure of the show’s other new host, who was only nine days after the past Moderator Resigned Comments he had made reappeared – she was asked to fill in as the moderator of the day and was delighted to do whatever she could for her new “family”.
And Mayim – who temporarily said ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Ken Jennings – insisted that she shouldn’t wish anything “bad” to Mike, who was also fired as the show’s executive producer.
She wrote in an essay for Newsweek: “I think anyone who works with me will say that as a person who has been acting since I was a kid, I go where I belong and do the job I’m told to do. I do what is in front of me. I don’t really follow the news aspect of my industry very much. This is how I approached what was going on.
“Of course I was in contact with Mike because he was my boss at the time, and I wish him no harm or anyone. But the complexity of these situations is not easy to sum up.
“My first reaction when all of this went down was, the Jeopardy! Team: ‘How can I help?’ Because I am part of this family. “
And the 45-year-old star is “very honored” to have the job.
She said: “I am very honored to have been given the responsibility and the opportunity to take on this host position. It was as dreamy as in the two days that I hosted as a guest.
“I work a long time, but they fly by. We shoot five episodes a day and I get to know fascinating people from all walks of life.
“Of course I am grateful and honored to invest so much time in Jeopardy !, because I feel very attached to the show, the legacy and everything that Alex and the team have built behind the scenes.”
Cross-country ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek died in November 2020 after a battle with cancer, and the producers subsequently hired a number of guest hosts until Mike and May were revealed as hosts last month and the actress admitted to feeling the late host’s “presence” on set .
She said, “It probably sounds crazy, but you can definitely feel Alex’s presence on this stage.
“As someone who didn’t necessarily grow up with Alex’s constant presence in my living room, I can feel him all over this stage and come into contact with people who have worked so closely with him for decades and whom he called friends, which really feels special . “