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Who’s Really In the Running to Become Jeopardy!’s New Host

Bialik made quite the, uh, big bang when she guest-hosted from May 31 through June 11, so much so that she is now considered one of the front-runners for the permanent slot.

“As a scientist and actress, Mayim brings a unique set of skills to the role,” the first source said of the Blossom and Big Bang Theory star. “As far as showrunners are concerned, her guest hosting run was flawless.”

The 45-year-old also experienced a significant uptake in viewers between her first and second weeks, with ratings jumping up four percent. Plus, producers “noticed” the positive feedback Bialik received on social media, with a show insider telling E! News at the time, “Everyone behind the scenes is thrilled that the audience is now seeing onscreen the magic seen during production.”

For Bialik, who is a neuroscientist, the warm response felt “like a dream,” she told E! News a in statement. “To be noticed and appreciated when I’m really just trying to honor Alex is so heartwarming.”

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