Mayim Bialik to host ‘Jeopardy!’ specials
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Mayim Bialik to host ‘Jeopardy!’ specials

Game show reveals post-Trebek lineup

During the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's Young Adult Division event "An Evening With Mayim Bialik," in Feb. 2019,  Bialik described the significance of her Jewish identity as an individual and as a celebrity. (Photo by Joshua Franzos)
During the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's Young Adult Division event "An Evening With Mayim Bialik," in Feb. 2019, Bialik described the significance of her Jewish identity as an individual and as a celebrity. (Photo by Joshua Franzos)

(JTA) — “Jeopardy!” is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show’s new prime time specials.

Following longtime host Alex Trebek’s death last fall, Bialik served as one of the show’s celebrity guest hosts for two weeks in June. In her new role, the star of “The Big Bang Theory” will host new spin-off series, including a college tournament next year.

Mike Richards, one of the show’s executive producers, will host the daily syndicated episodes.

“Really really honored and astounded and excited for this – it’s beyond anything I ever imagined could happen,” she tweeted after the announcement on Wednesday.

Bialik, who holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience and often writes about her observant Jewish practice, will also be the show’s first permanent woman host.

Richards, meanwhile, has come under fire for allegations that he created a hostile work environment as a producer for “The Price Is Right. PJC

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