Actress Mayim Bialik will continue to co-host Jeopardy! – splitting hosting duties with author and previous contestant Ken Jennings.
Jewish and openly observant, Bialik has been hosting Jeopardy! since August 2021. She was ranked 40th on The Jerusalem Post's Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2021,
Upon joining the popular game show last August, she said via a statement: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family. What started out with my 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that I should guest host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life!”
Bialik may be best known for the memorable characters she’s played, including Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, but she is also a neuroscientist and a prominent Jewish figure in American popular culture.
Bialik’s Jewish roots
A second-generation Ashkenazi Jewish American, Bialik identifies as Modern Orthodox and is always publicly dressed in accordance with the Jewish standard of modesty (tzniut).
A distant cousin of poet Haim Nachman Bialik (1873 -1934), Mayim is a staunch supporter of Israel. A fan of the Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats, she and her sons appeared in the group’s 2011 Hanukkah video and she studies Torah with a chavruta (partner).
Hannah Brown contributed to this report.