The current “Jeopardy!” host, Mayim Bialik, said she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“It’s very, very exhausting,” Bialik told fans on social media Monday, per The Hollywood Reporter. “The exhaustion is very special. I had mononucleosis in college, and the exhaustion hits like that, where you cannot be awake. You can try to be awake, but all of a sudden, you need to sleep.”

Who is Mayim Bialik?

For her award-winning performance on the popular CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is a well-known actress, author, producer, host, podcaster, mental health advocate, and neuroscientist. As host of Jeopardyprimetime !’s and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship scheduled to air on ABC in 2022, Bialik joins the show.


Currently, Mayim executive produces and appears in the Fox television series “Call Me Kat.” She worked as a guest host for two weeks during Season 37 before officially joining the Jeopardy! cast. Mayim broadcasts the “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown” podcast about mental health in addition to her career in television. Recently, she also wrote and directed “As Sick As They Made Us,” a feature film starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen.

About Jeopardy

Merv Griffin is the creator of the American quiz show Jeopardy! The program includes a quiz competition in which participants must formulate their answers in the form of questions after being given general knowledge hints in the form of answers. On NBC, the first daytime episode ran from March 30, 1964, through January 3, 1975. From September 1974 to September 1975, a syndicated edition aired at night, and from October 1978 to March 1979, NBC aired a revival called The All-New Jeopardy! on weekdays. The daily syndicated program that is well-known to modern viewers and is currently produced (by Sony Pictures Television) made its debut on September 10, 1984.

Between 1964 and 1979, Art Fleming hosted every episode of the program. John Harlan took over as announcer for the 1978–1979 campaign after Don Pardo did so until 1975.

With Johnny Gilbert serving as the announcer and Alex Trebek serving as the host, the daily syndicated version debuted in 1984. After Alex Trebek passed away on January 8, 2021, guest hosts wrapped up the third season, starting with executive producer and former contestant Ken Jennings. Alex Trebek hosted until his final episode aired on that date.

The host of the syndicated version was initially announced to be executive producer Mike Richards, however he resigned amid a number of controversies.

Through the end of July 2022, Mayim Bialik will host primetime specials on ABC, upcoming spin-offs, and the majority of episodes of the syndicated series; Jennings will also host a number of episodes during that time.

The program has accrued a sizable audience over time and numerous plaudits from expert television critics. The daily syndicated edition of Jeopardy! has over 8,000 episodes and has garnered a record 39 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award.

On TV Guide’s list of the top 60 shows in American television history from 2013, the show came in at number 45. Regional versions of Jeopardy! have become popular throughout the world in numerous other nations.

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