Why “Jeopardy!” Mayim Bialik was told by producers to tone it down

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Mayim Bialikshe is settling in to her job as host Jeopardy!. She and Ken JenningsThey are doing an admirable job of righting the ship following the embarrassing host search. However, they have been subject to some backlash from long-time fans. Bialik is now shedding light on what it’s like working on the world-famous game show. Here’s what she has to say.

Everything on the Table

The following is an Interview with the Daily Beast,Bialik did not keep anything off-limits. Her choice of host was controversial at first. She was then dragged into the fire for making controversial comments about vaccination. She now says “My children are vaccinated, I am vaccinated.”

Once a proponent of delayed vaccinations, Bialik says she’s been misquoted. “I never said to not get vaccinated. I absolutely believe vaccines work and have always said that. To me, it’s a bit of a manufactured [controversy] and there’s not necessarily a change.” She wouldn’t divulge why she felt delaying her own children’s vaccination was a personal choice but insists she’s always been for vaccination overall.

Pitfalls of the Job

Alex Trebek was always a man of authority. Bialik is well aware that the hosting job is more than just a gig, and she admits there’s been a learning curve toward authority. She says it’s all in the voice, “a lot of times when people will say, “Oh, you sound like you think you know it all,” I’ll think, gosh, that’s just because I’m using an affirmative voice.”

Bialik was even once told by the powers-that-be to calm down. Bialik claims, “One of my biggest challenges is I’m so impressed that people know the answers that they’ve asked me to tone down how excited I am when people get them right, which I think is a great note to get.”It’s one thing to be enthusiastic about the job, but producers seem to feel she is going too far.

Hasn’t Been Easy

The Big Bang TheoryStar reveals how her new job has made a significant impact on her life. She doesn’t think she has the proper work-life balance yet. “Getting more of a regular Jeopardy! role is not something I anticipated or even actively planned for because I already had a full-time job, so it’s been difficult.”Bialik is becoming more adept at setting boundaries and following routines.

Hosting Jeopardy! seems like a dream job, but Bialik’s learning curve is proof of how hard it can be. Striking the right chords of authority is not an easy task.

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