“It proved the most joyful, challenging, transcendent act I have undertaken — second only to giving birth to my second son on the floor of my living room,” the actress and neuroscientist recently told The Associated Press.
It was Bialik’s oldest son, 15-year-old Miles, who actually encouraged her to host “Jeopardy!” in the first place.
“He was the one who first suggested I give this a try,” the actress said during an episode of “Jeopardy!” earlier this week. “I hope I am making him and his little brother, Frederick, proud.”
Hosting “Jeopardy!” means a lot to Bialik, a second-generation American who recently told “Jeopardy!” producers that one set of grandparents “never fully mastered the English language.”
“It’s just an unbelievable opportunity to see what in two generations my family has been able to see,” she said.
The actress, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA, also told “Jeopardy!” producers that she didn’t grow up with many female role models and hopes her stint as guest host will inspire young girls and boys to seek opportunities to learn.
Bialik’s two-week run as host concludes on Friday. During her time on the show, “Jeopardy!” has matched the contestants’ winnings and donated to Bialik’s charity of choice, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Deseret News reported.
“Jeopardy!” raised nearly $100,000 for the organization during Bialik’s debut week.
Following Bialik, “Jeopardy!” has a slew of notable figures stepping in to host the show — next up is “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie, who will host June 14-25. While many of these guest hosts are being considered as an official replacement for the late Alex Trebek, Guthrie has already told People that she is only taking this on as a “fill-in.”
“I loved it,” she said. “I had so much fun, but I have a day job.”
Bilalik, meanwhile, has been vocal about her desire to possibly replace Trebek.
“If people find me tolerable, this is a dream job,” she told USA Today.