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‘Jeopardy!’ guest host Mayim Bialik says calls gig an ‘immense honor,’ recalls meeting Alex Trebek

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Mayim Bialik will soon begin her guest host run on “Jeopardy!” and she says the role is an “immense honor.”

The 45-year-old actress and neuroscientist shared her appreciation for the trivia game show in a five-minute interview, which was uploaded to the “Jeopardy!” YouTube channel Saturday. 

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“This is such an iconic and unbelievable piece of our collective culture, to be considered to be part of it really in any way,” Bialik said. “It’s an immense honor. Especially for someone who’s dedicated so much of my life to academia to knowing things and to being able to communicate things.”

When asked what her favorite “Jeopardy!” moment has been, Bialik revealed that she and late host Alex Trebek crossed paths when she was a young actress on NBC’s “Blossom.”

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“Well, Alex Trebek was on ‘Blossom,’ the show that I was on in the 90s and that was really spectacular because at the time, we were a young show and we were just trying to get guest stars who had notoriety and Alex was that,” Bialik explained. “I didn’t get to interact with him so it’s not as exciting a ‘Jeopardy!’ story, but I have been an answer I think more than once and usually I get random texts in the middle of the night from relative or friends saying: ‘Look, you were the answer on ‘Jeopardy!’”

Bialik will start her two-week guest-hosting duties on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31. 

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The charity she’s chosen to highlight during her guest host gig is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an American advocacy group that’s dedication to helping people who are related to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. 

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Prior to her “Jeopardy!” appearance, Bialik has been open about her HSP (highly sensitive person) diagnosis on her mental health podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown,” where she mainly puts her UCLA doctorate in neuroscience to use.

However, Bialik is probably most known for her breakout role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” More recently she’s narrated “Young Sheldon” and stars in “Call Me Kat.”

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Bialik is the ninth guest host “Jeopardy!” has had since February. The show has been rotating hosts as producers reportedly try to find a permanent replacement for Trebek, who passed away from stage 4 pancreatic cancer in November at age of 80. Trebek had hosted the quiz show for 37 years.

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Pakistan round-up: Rs 40bn irregularities in Imran’s Covid package, & more

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Pakistan’s total debt and liabilities have crossed Rs 50.5 trillion, an addition of Rs 20.7 trillion under the current government alone.

In June 2018, every Pakistani owed Rs 144,000, which increased to Rs 235,000 by September 2021, an additional burden of Rs 91,000 or 63% during PTI’s tenure.

The State Bank of Pakistan released the debt figures till September 2021, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan described the increasing debt as a “national security issue”.

Pakistan will soon get $3 billion as loan from Saudi Arabia as the cabinet has approved an agreement to keep the amount in the country’s central bank.

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Tensions run high as Swiss vote on Covid vaccine certificate law | Switzerland

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People in Switzerland are voting on a Covid vaccine certificate law, after a campaign characterised by unprecedented levels of hostility in a country renowned for its culture of compromise.

As in much of Europe, Switzerland has seen growing anger over restrictions aimed at reining in the pandemic, and pressure to get vaccinated.

But in a country where there are referendums every few months in a climate of civility and measured debate, the soaring tensions around the vote have come as a shock. Police increased security around several politicians who have faced a flood of insults and death threats.

The polls close at noon (11am GMT) on Sunday, with the results expected within the following hours as the vast majority vote by mail before polling day.

Voters are deciding whether to approve amendments to the Covid law which, among other things, provide the legal basis for a Covid certificate that says if a person has been vaccinated or has recovered from the virus.

Opponents say the certificate, which has been required since September for access to restaurants and other indoor spaces and activities, is creating an “apartheid” system.

Final opinion polls showed about two-thirds of the voters supported the Covid laws.

Police blocked the square in front of the seat of government and parliament in Bern on Sunday, anticipating protests after the result.

Observers have warned that the vote could exacerbate tensions, and even spark a violent backlash among the anti-vaccine crowd if results do not go in their favour.

During the campaign, fences were erected around the buildings to protect them during anti-vax demonstrations.

They were often led by the “Freiheitstrychler” or “Freedom ringers” – men dressed in white shirts embroidered with edelweiss flowers and with two large cowbells suspended from a yoke resting on their shoulders.

Some of the demonstrations have led to violent clashes with police, who have used rubber bullets and teargas to rein in the crowds.

The referendum comes as the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, first detected in southern Africa and classified as a variant of concern, has rattled countries and markets around the world.

It is the second time in less than six months that the Swiss have been called on to vote on the government’s response to the pandemic. In June, 60% of voters approved prolonging national measures.

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James Austin Johnson is already the best ‘SNL’ Trump [POLL RESULTS]

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James Austin Johnson only just joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, but he’s already made a big impression. The comedian not only played President Joe Biden in the opening sketch of the season but he’s also portrayed the former president, Donald Trump, to rave reviews. After decades of Trump impersonations on the late-night sketch series, fans have voiced their overwhelming support for the most recent one.

Johnson collected the vast majority of votes in our “best ‘SNL’ Trump” poll results, with a whopping 61% of the vote. The actor has only played him twice on “SNL,” though he has cultivated his impression of Trump for many years through viral videos. In a distant second place, Alec Baldwin collected 22% of the vote. Baldwin played Trump through his turbulent presidency and even won an Emmy for his performance in 2017, with additional nominations in 2018 and 2021.

Darrell Hammond came in third place at 10%, despite playing him for the longest period of time. Phil Hartman, the original Trump impressionist for “SNL,” placed in fourth at 3% of the vote. Johnson, Baldwin, Hammond and Hartman are the best-known Trump portrayers on the show, with all others playing the businessman in an episode or two.

Among that smaller group, Jason Sudeikis received 1% of the vote (though he won our “best ‘SNL’ Biden” poll), followed by Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer at 0.5%. Taran Killam, who actually played him in three episodes, and John Cena failed to collect a single vote in the poll.

Considering Trump has left office, it is likely that we will see less of Johnson’s impression on “SNL,” though they have already found a way to integrate him into multiple Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) cold opens.

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