A danger! The contestant has explained why presenter Mayim Bialik struggled to stay serious at what was arguably an awkward moment.
Jesse Chin defended Ken Jennings’ co-host for laughing while showcasing his Final Jeopardy Asia category on Reddit.
On last Thursday’s episode, Jesse defeated 1-Day Champ Ed Petersen, a scheduling technician from Orlando, Fla., and Megan Braught, a library assistant from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Jesse, an accounting executive from Bayside, New York, walked away with an impressive daily profit of $24,801.
Mayim, 47, laughed as he presented the Final Jeopardy category, Asia, before the episode was pared down to the penultimate commercial.
By the time the show ended, Mayim had gathered to read the clue.
According to Final Jeopardy, “Premier Li Peng, who was an engineer, advocated this in 1992; it ultimately resulted in the displacement of over a million people.”
Everyone was right about “What is ‘Three Gorges Dam’?”, including Jesse.
He bet $10,000 and won a sizeable total. Unfortunately, he lost a day later and couldn’t convert his win into a run.
“It became contagious”
Jesse captioned a Reddit web thread after the loss: “A departing champion’s farewell.”
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He wrote, “Just wanted to say thank you to everyone here for being so cool this week and most importantly thank my Tape Day colleagues for helping this guy have one of the best days of my life.”
He added, “I also hope you guys noticed Mayim’s giggle after Asia was announced as my first Final Jeopardy category.”
“That’s because I started freaking out on stage, and it got contagious up there.”
Jesse also said he’s looking forward to returning in September for the new precursor event to the 2023 Tournament of Champions, Champions Wildcard.
“I can’t wait to see you all again whenever the opportunity arises!
“I can’t wait to see Ben [Chan]”His face when I beat him in the Tournament of Champions after wiping out the field in the wild card,” Jesse said, half-jokingly, referring to nine-day winner Ben, who raised some controversy prior to Jesse’s arrival games lost.
It’s not the first time Mayim has laughed while presenting a harmless lead – the co-host couldn’t pull himself together when presenting a curling video lead in February.
While she was on the verge of tears of laughter, she told the studio audience, “That’s right, it makes me laugh every time I see it!”
One fan wrote on Reddit at the time: “I’m not sure anyone ever found the concept of curling as fun as Mayim did.”
“Yeah, what’s the point of laughing at that?” asked another.
MIXED ON MAYIM
Ken, 48, directed the suspenseful film Jeopardy! The Masters Special was won by James Holzhauer, with underdog Mattea Roach, 24, finishing a close second last week.
Mayim, 47 – Ken’s co-successor to Alex Trebek – wraps up the regular season through the summer.
Ken won’t appear until the 2023 Tournament of Champions, which kicks off Season 40 in September.
That is, with the exception of the last week of season 39, when he’s back as a presenter as Mayim supports the WGA writers’ strike.
Fans have made no secret of their preference for the 74-time winner who lives all things Jeopardy! and think it has shown significant improvements since its launch in 2021.
One recently wrote on Twitter: “I didn’t want Jeopardy! Master ends. I enjoyed every minute of it. Too bad Mayim still moderates Jeopardy regularly. I’ll watch it again when Ken gets back.”
In interviews last year, Amy Schneider and Mattea Roach said they prefer Ken, as did three-day champion Jake Dearruda, who described Mayim as “inexperienced.”
Even Mayim is aware of her mixed reception, recently sharing on her own podcast, “Sometimes I’m like, ‘We don’t prefer you to Ken.'”
Another quantifiable issue with Mayim is her cadence; namely, her pause when she believes a contestant is correct or wrong on almost every clue.
“What’s with her annoying break? Ken, I miss you!” One fan recently commented on the matter on Twitter.
However, plenty of fans have also come to Mayim’s defense, including the game show’s clever new executive producer, Michael Davies.
The new EP told vulture: “This show is so difficult to host. I wish many of our fans would be more patient and understand that we are dealing with two presenters. Mayim is a very experienced actress. Ken is a very experienced Jeopardy! player.”
“They are both at the beginning of their careers as hosts. I support them both.”