‘Jeopardy!’ selects a women for hosting the show for the first time

Actress Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory and author Ken Jennings, who won the first 73 games of the 2005-2006 season of “Jeopardy!,” have been retained to remain as hosts for the show’s…

‘Jeopardy!’ selects a women for hosting the show for the first time

Actress Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory and author Ken Jennings, who won the first 73 games of the 2005-2006 season of “Jeopardy!,” have been retained to remain as hosts for the show’s upcoming 35th season, Variety is reporting. Bialik will continue as the permanent host, as will Jennings.

The two will be joined by two new all-star competitors: Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and self-proclaimed “net worth king,” and Ken Jennings, aka the “Mr. Wizard” to his 2005 victory. Those two experienced “Jeopardy!” champions will join returning celebrities from the 2018-2019 season, including Louis C.K., Tyler Perry, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Gina Rodriguez.

Bialik will continue as host due to her role on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, in which she has played the character Amy Farrah Fowler since the very first episode aired in 2007. Bialik was in fact a contestant during the very first season of “Jeopardy!,” but didn’t finish the game.

Bialik, born in 1979, is a bit of a longshot in the competition. Still, she was a popular player during the most recent season, finishing the first four episodes as the eventual runner-up, with $216,302.22, to win the $1 million grand prize. What’s more, the cast and crew of “Big Bang Theory” donated the full amount of Bialik’s winnings to organizations and charities involved with autism research.

The producers of “Jeopardy!” have a curious history of handing the hosting gig over to its relative unknowns. The show first began featuring longtime host Alex Trebek, who is well known and well liked, as the host back in 1984. Since then, only two men have ever occupied the position: Dr. Dan Kurz of the “Let’s Ask America” TV game show, who held the position from 1985 until 1998, and R. Michael Tolliver, who hosted the game show “Beauty and the Beast” from 1984 until 1990. No woman has ever hosted the show, until Bialik in 2018.

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