'Jeopardy!' host Mayim Bialik hoping to decrease 'drama factor'
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Interim “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik said that she hopes to decrease the “drama factor” amid the controversy surrounding the popular quiz show. 

In an interview with NBC News published Monday, Bialik said she wants to be a “neutral to pleasant” presence for viewers as host.

“Like I said, my interest right now is for the viewers to not think much about what's going in terms of hosting, meaning I'd like to be as much of a neutral to pleasant presence as host of what's going to be a lot of episodes between now and several months from now,” Bialik told NBC News.

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“Really, [I'm] just trying to decrease any drama factor going on and kind of go back to this incredible, iconic show, which has a very long, long streak going right now, as well, with Matt Amodio,” she added, referring to the show's reigning 23-time champ.

“Jeopardy!” experienced massive criticism last month after picking executive producer Mike Richards to host the program, only to see Richards step down from hosting duties shortly after past sexist comments resurfaced online.  

Sony Pictures announced last week that Bialik along with former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings will share hosting duties for the remainder of 2021. 

Bialik, who starred in the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” was initially hired to be the main host for the quiz show’s prime-time specials and a new college championship spinoff series.

"Jeopardy!" has seen a plethora of guest hosts since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek last November, including actor LeVar Burton, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former “Today” show anchor Katie Couric.