How much will Mayim Bialik be paid for 'Jeopardy!'? 'TBBT' star and Mike Richards to host show
Mayim Bialik will host the occasional prime time episodes of 'Jeopardy!'
The new season of 'Jeopardy!' is set to make its debut on September 13, 2021. The show's executive producer Mike Richards along with 'The Big Bang Theory' star, Mayim Bialik were named the official hosts on Wednesday, August 11. Bialik will host the occasional prime-time episodes of the show.
Speaking about roping in Bialik to host the show, Sony said in a statement that the actress and neuroscientist will lead "primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship set to air on ABC next year, as the studio looks to extend the Jeopardy! franchise to new platforms." 'Jeopardy!' was helmed by Alex Trebek for decades. He died in November last year at 80.
Bialik spoke of her new role and called it "one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life." "I'm so grateful and excited to continue to work with Mike Richards, and I'm just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony, " she said. Richards is to continue as executive producer of the show when he assumes the role of host. He filled in as a guest host for two weeks last year, when the show rolled out a few episodes with rotating hosts that seemed to be try-outs for the permanent spot. Bialik also co-hosted the show for two weeks.
Sony Pictures' chair of global TV studios and corporate development Ravi Ahuja spoke of the new development and said, "A senior group of Sony Pictures Television executives pored over footage from every episode, reviewed research from multiple panels and focus groups, and got valuable input from our key partners and Jeopardy! viewers. We knew early on that we wanted to divide the hosting responsibilities and it became very clear that Mike and Mayim were the undeniable choices. They (Mayim Bialik and Mike Richards) were both at the top of our research and analysis." Speaking of former host Trebek's 'legacy', Ravi further said, "Alex believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show. I was fortunate to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and that will serve as the ultimate blueprint as we continue to produce the show we love."
What is Mayim Bialik's salary on 'Jeopardy!'?
Just like every 'Jeopardy!' host, Bialik's salary on the show is not disclosed. The focus instead is on the charity of the host's choice, to which the money is donated. Being a neuroscientist, Bialik is expected to choose The National Alliance on Mental Illness, which advocates for mental health needs and gives freedom of resources for support and education.