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Mayim Bialik Clears The Air After Pushback To Controversial 'Jeopardy!' Hosting Announcement

Mayim Bialik Clears The Air After Pushback To Controversial 'Jeopardy!' Hosting Announcement

Star of Big Bang Theory and Blossom, Mayim Bialik went live on Instagram briefly to clear the air about trending on Twitter after it was leaked she would be the next Jeopardy! co-host.

That's right, co-host with Mike Richards, former host of the series Divided and The Pyramid for Sony Pictures' GSN cable station.

After the passing of former Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, a slew of guest hosts passed the mic including Ken Jennings, Bill Whitaker, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz, among others. Their most recent host being Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow actor LeVar Burton.

Bialik explained she was added into the pool of possibly permanent hosts of the game show when her son showed her a post saying she should.

To start her live, Bialik told her followers Mike Richards, who has been the executive producer of the show, actually trained her when she guest hosted earlier this year in June.

Bialik enthusiastically shared what her experience was like working with Richards:

"I had a really, really amazing time."
"I cried when I left. {Richards] may have shed a tear."

She also shared what is in store for her as a co-host:

"I have been chosen to do other Jeopardy! things. Prime time things, spin off things, there's a college Jeopardy!"
"Name it, and they may dream it up for me to host and I'm super freaked out about it!"

Bialik tweeted the news as well.

She also explained how all of this started with her son sharing a social media post suggesting she become a permanent host.

Bialik said:

"[My son] heard a thing online saying 'Mayim Bialik should be the host of Jeopardy!' and he was like, 'Mom, you should do this.'"
"And so I literally called Richard White, that's my agent at WME, and I'm always calling Richard saying, 'Why can't I do this? Why can't I do that?'"
"And this one he's like, 'I'm on it!' and I think he may have already been on it."

Bialik shared she is grateful for this opportunity and to see how far she has come because of her family's background.

She humbly explained:

"I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that I am a second generation American and my grandparents were immigrants."
"My mothers parents in particular who never really had a command of the English language."
"It's a tremendously bizarre and humbling and surreal experience to see that in the time that my grandparents fled Eastern Europe how much has changed in my life."

The reaction to her Instagram post was positive from her fans offering congratulations.









Bialik did receiving quite a bit of backlash on social media for this new role, but ultimately it isn't stopping her from continuing this path.

She added seconds before ending the video:

"If you don't like me as the new host of Jeopardy! I'm sorry."
"I love LeVar Burton. I've worked with him on Big Bang Theory."
"I think it's really amazing that it's a woman host of Jeopardy!."

Bialik said even with her deal with Sony, she will still go back to her Fox show Call Me Kat, for which she is thankful.