New ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mayim Bialik clarifies position on vaccines after past comments resurface

Mayim Bialik
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By , Audacy

The new host of “Jeopardy!” wants to make sure fans aren’t stumped by questions surrounding her stance on vaccines.

Mayim Bialik, 45, who was named one of two new hosts of the popular game show on Wednesday, is setting the record straight on her vaccination status, as well as her general position on vaccines.

“She has been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus and is not at all an anti-vaxxer,” a rep for the “Big Bang Theory” vet told The Wrap on Wednesday.

Fans resurrected Bialik’s past comments on vaccines after it was announced that she and longtime “Jeopardy!” producer Mike Richards would be the show’s new hosts.

In a Youtube video published in October 2020, Bialik clarified comments she made in her 2012 parenting book “Beyond the Sling,” where she stated that she hadn’t received a vaccine in 30 years.

In the video — titled “Anti-Vaxxers and COVID” — Bialik said that she and her children were fully vaccinated against the infectious disease. And while the “Blossom” star said that vaccines are “never 100% effective,” she maintained that it was “very disturbing” that people refused to get vaccinated against COVID.

She also went on to address the comments she made in her 2012 book.

“You might be saying, ‘Hey, wait a second, you don’t believe in vaccines! You’re one of those anti-vaxxers,” Bialik continued in the 2020 video. “Let’s finally talk about it. I wrote a book about 10 years ago about my experience parenting and at the time my children had not received the typical schedule of vaccines. But I have never, not once, said that vaccines are not valuable, not useful, or not necessary because they are.”

Bialik has a doctorate in neurobiology.

Bialik shared her pride about being named the new host of the legendary game show in an Instagram post.

“ITS TRUE!!! Been waiting a long time to tell you all. Really really honored and astounded and excited for this - it’s beyond anything I ever imagined could happen,” she captioned the post, which featured a photo of herself smiling at the game show’s podium, a selfie of herself giving a thumbs up and a screenshot of an article announcing the news.

She also shared a video of herself celebrating the news, telling fans she’s “super freaked out” but “thrilled” to join the historic program.

“I’m hosting Jeopardy!” she captioned the three-minute video, adding, “And #1 trending on Twitter !? What!?!?!”

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