Mayim Bialik has shared some secrets about hosting legendary game show Jeopardy! along with Ken Jennings.
The ‘Big Bang Theory’ star, 46, recently revealed in a Wall Street Journal profile how she’s preparing to host the trivia series – and how well she works with Jennings, 48.
“It was really nice to meet him,” she said of her apparent pal. “He’s a cultural icon.”
She remarked that she was particularly impressed by the amount of knowledge he has.
“He’s incredibly smart. He knows so many things, in a way that ‘Jeopardy!’ champions do. Pick anything and he probably knows,” Bialik pointed out.
The two began hosting Jeopardy! together. on a guest-host basis over the past year, following the death of longtime presenter Alex Trebek in November 2020 at the age of 80. The couple became permanent hosts this July.
The Call Me Cat star also admitted that she doesn’t think she could go up against Jennings – a contestant on the early 2000s series – if they were actually opponents on the game show.
However, Bialik thinks she “would feel comfortable” answering questions on the subjects in which she has degrees: “Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies.”
The actress also acknowledged how popular the show is, noting the wide and very loyal fan base it has garnered while on air over the years.
“How much the social media world is obsessing over a lot of things related to ‘Jeopardy!’ pays attention,” Bialik replied when asked what surprised her the most as a hostess. “Everything is given a lot of attention, starting with the transition after Alex transitioned to me, then me and Ken, and then the clothes I wear.”
Bialik also spoke about the five-episode-a-day shooting schedule, for which they receive the cues in advance in preparation for filming.
“So I have to check all these clues, practice pronunciations, look up things I don’t know and honestly try to get as much rest as possible the night before because they’re long days and I’m on my feet and all day,” she said.
Jennings admitted last month that hosting Jeopardy! is actually harder than being a gamer. The former champion holds a record of 74 consecutive wins in 2004.
“I mean, I’d played so many games here that I was like, ‘I have a pretty good sense of what the hosting is going to be like,'” he told Good Morning America.
“Then you realize that hosting is even more difficult because you basically have to do everything the contestants do, plus manage the game for them, plus manage the game for the home viewer,” added the Washington native.
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