APB’s Mayim Bialik & Ken Jennings Named Permanent Co-hosts of "Jeopardy!"
09 Aug 2022
Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that APB speakers Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will become permanent hosts for the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! The pair have been filling in temporarily since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek in November 2020 and will continue splitting their hosting duties.
Jennings will kick off the new season in September and will remain at the helm through December. He will also host the new Second Chance competition and the show’s Tournament of Champions.
Bialik will host Celebrity Jeopardy! in primetime, as well as the Jeopardy! National College Championship and take over for Jennings at the beginning of next year—hosting as many weeks as she can manage with her other primetime commitment to the TV series Call Me Kat, said Executive Producer Michael Davies.
“Mayim and Ken are both extraordinarily talented and simply lovely humans,” Davies said. “They support the staff and each other. They love and respect this institution of a television program. In return, the staff and I are honored to work alongside them."
Since Bialik and Jennings began hosting, viewership has increased, with more than 27 million viewers tuning in each week this season.
An award-winning actress, Bialik starred in the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory and currently stars in Fox’s Call Me Kat. She first found fame in the 1990’s sitcom Blossom, where she played the lead character. An acclaimed author, Bialik has written two #1 New York Times bestsellers, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, and Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. She has also written a parenting book, Beyond the Sling, and a cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table. Following the end of Blossom, Bialik left acting for 12 years to earn a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA.
A former Utah software engineer, Jennings rose to fame in 2004 when he spent six months as a contestant on Jeopardy! His 75-game streak and $2.52 million in winnings are still Jeopardy! records today. In 2020, he was named the show's "Greatest of All Time" after winning a prime-time tournament against legendary champs James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter and earned an additional $1 million.