Actress Mayim Bialik, who is already slated to host “Jeopardy!” prime time specials and spin-offs, will serve as the guest host of the next 15 episodes of the daily syndicated show, Sony Pictures Television confirmed to CBS News on Monday. The announcement comes after executive producer Mike Richards, who had been chosen to permanently replace Alex Trebek as the host of the daily episodes, stepped down last week due to outrage over his past inappropriate comments.
Bialik, who is most commonly known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” will tape three weeks worth of episodes when production resumes this week, Sony said. More guest hosts will be announced as the season continues.
When she was chosen to host the prime time specials and spin-offs, Sony chairman Ravi Ahuja said Bialik “has a wonderful energy, an innate sense of the game, and an authentic curiosity that naturally represents the Jeopardy! Brand.”
Earlier this year, the show spent months auditioning a wide range of prominent figures — including Bialik, Richards, “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton and former champion Ken Jennings — to replace Trebek, who hosted the show for more than 35 years before he died last November.