New Jeopardy! host Mayim Balik has responded to the headline-making drama surrounding her new job.
The iconic game show began its hunt for a new host after the late icon Alex Trebek died from cancer last November, with a slew of guest hosts trialed out for the coveted role.
The Big Bang Theory star eventually took over from Mike Richards, the original replacement for Trebek, after he quit his position as host and executive producer on the beloved game show due to past comments about women, Jews, and Haiti resurfaced.
Speaking to James Corden on Tuesday’s The Late Late Show about the dramatic turn of events, the 45-year-old explained: ‘I was the headline on CNN three days in a row. Who knew people were so passionate about who hosts Jeopardy?’
The actress, who has a doctorate in neurobiology, pointed out that being the host is never meant to be the main story
The Call Me Kat star added: ‘I mean, I’m just trying to read the clues. You know, just let me read the clues.
‘The thing about Jeopardy!, we spend our whole lives wanting to be seen, you know, and this job is like — people should think the least about me as possible. Meaning, it’s my job to be the host, just like read the clues.’
Thankfully, none of the outside drama has affected Mayim’s enjoyment of the role as she gushed: ‘It’s incredibly enjoyable.
‘I learn things all day. I meet people who have a kind of knowledge that I do not possess. I would do horrible on Jeopardy! Horrible.’
Mayim is currently set to co-host Jeopardy! along with champion Ken Jennings for the rest of 2021.
Her comments came just days after comedian John Oliver took a swipe at the star’s appointment as a co-host.
The Late Late Show With James Corden airs on CBS in the US.
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