Jaleel White Reveals in His New Podcast That Mayim Bialik Thought He Had a Contract with Nike
Jaleel White gave fans a sneak peek into his new podcast, and it sounds like it's worth the listen. The former child star shared a photo of himself with the cast of MTV's "Ridiculousness," along with a snippet from his new podcast.
Jaleel White is having fun promoting his podcast, "Ever After." The actor recently visited the set of MTV's "Ridiculousness" and hung out with the charismatic hosts, Rob D, Chanel West Coast & Steelo.
The "Family Matters" star shared a fun selfie with the gang and a boomerang of himself pretending to shoot a basketball on the show's backdrop.
White also took the opportunity to promote his podcast's new episode, which features actress Mayim Bialik. The post was captioned:
"If Rob D, West Coast Chanel & Steelo can download my podcast EVER AFTER, so can YOU! Love these guys #Ridiculousness."
The caption also included a lengthy description of the podcast episode, which revealed how both White and Bialik thought they had Nike contracts during their time as child actors because of the numerous free shoes they received.
The short snippet of the podcast episode begins with White's face super-imposed onto Bialik's body as an old-school television plays the intro video of the '90s sitcom "Blossom."
The clip cuts to Bialik, who describes her experience as a young girl from a less fortunate background being offered brand new clothes and her choice of Nike shoes. Of course, at the time, the "Big Bang Theory" actress did not realize it was a marketing strategy from the sportswear giant.
Besides Bialik, other guests who have sat down with White for his podcast include Keke Palmer, Raven-Symoné, and Tyler James Williams of the popular show "Everybody Hates Chris."
All their characters were featured on the "Ever After" promotional video released in October. The hilarious video featured White merging with popular child stars of the '90s and 2000s, while the soundtrack mimicked the sound of typical '90s sitcom jingles.
In an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, White revealed that "Ever After" was initially meant to be a TV show but was redeveloped as a podcast due to the pandemic.
He added that the podcast concept was changed to delve deeper into the lives of child actors who could be considered experts in film and theatre and had continued in the business. He said:
“On the other side of [acting] is the inevitable transition point: Okay, you were a kid, now it's time to deal with real-world realities.”
White knows the struggle all too well as he starred in one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s, "Family Matters." He started on the show when he was 11 years old, playing the nerdy Steve Urkel and his charming alter ego, Stefan.