Celebrity Danger! Host Mayim Bialik hit out for admitting she didn’t know a conclusive answer when Ike Barenholtz won a $1 million prize
Celebrity Danger! came to a head when Ike Barenholtz won the $1 million charity award by just a dollar in the finals on February 2nd.
Host Mayim Bialik was slammed for oddly admitting she didn’t know the meaning of a clue earlier, despite presenting it.
The finalists were Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton, who faced off against Mad TV’s Ike Barenholtz and comedian Patton Oswalt.
Each of the stars proved their worth by winning two previous episodes, and Thursday’s grand finale had a $1 million prize (to charity) and an amazing red question mark trophy at stake.
At the start of Final Jeopardy and after nine lead changes, Wil had $11,500, Patton $36,000 and Ike $50,000.
Final Jeopardy under “Artist” read: “Despite his fame, he was probably actually born in Anchiano near Florence.”
All three players were correct with “Leonardo Da Vinci”.
Patton bet his entire $36,000, but Ike deftly bet $22,001, enough to win the tournament by just a buck for $72,001.
Mayim rushed over to him and presented him with the stunning looking trophy, which he held up with an excited look.
“I DID NOT ACTUALLY KNOW THAT”
Despite the photo finish, fans had to tap Mayim for making a strange confession mid-game.
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A note in the Double Jeopardy round read, “Walt Disney coined this acronym for the experimental community he hoped to build in Florida, scheduled to open in 1982.”
Wil got it right for “What is: “Epcot”.
Mayim admitted, “I actually didn’t know Epcot was an acronym. Learn something new every day!”
Some fans felt that not knowing the Disney game was “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” was an overstatement.
“Ok watching Celebrity Jeopardy and the host didn’t know EPCOT was an acronym,” toasted one fan on Twitter. “….unbelievable.”
Another replied: “Ken would know.”
Fans also loved how the finalists were making “real daily double” bets throughout the game, but couldn’t believe how easy the clues were as this was the final.
“Find someone who makes you feel smart like you’re playing Celebrity Jeopardy,” rapped one critic on Twitter.
“Celebrity Jeopardy makes me feel like a genius,” wrote another.
“Celebrity Jeopardy is crazy stupid. It’s really offensive,” raged a third.
“Mayim, who moderates on #CelebrityJeopardy, annoys me when she pauses when the contestants are responding to say either right or wrong. Just slows the show down,” accused a fourth.
Still, fans loved how Ike won so magnificently, and a user on Reddit said he should go to the Tournament of Champions.
Celebrity Danger! was first aired in 1992 and the last showdown was in 2015.
The danger! Special became with the new Triple Jeopardy! converted to a one-hour tournament! round.
The special had previously only been hosted by the late Alex Trebek, who tragically died of cancer in 2020.
Almost every episode in its new iteration has garnered a major backlash from purists and casual fans alike for being seen as so incredibly stupid.
Despite the simpler materials, many of the contestants made headlines for gruelingly missing obvious clues and not taking their stints very seriously.
Comedian Eddie Huang was beaten for wearing his sunglasses to all shows, and Constance Wu cursed and wrote “tit” on the lectern in Final Jeopardy.
Iliza Schlesinger was called because she hid behind the lectern in another episode gone wrong.
That said, executives have made no secret of the fact that ratings have been high and it’s likely to come back next year.
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