DANGER! Fans have called out Ken Jennings for mixing up his game show storylines while hosting.
Ken, 49, appeared to misuse the term “super champion” during Thursday’s episode, angering some hardcore fans.
The 40th season of Jeopardy! began with contestants from Season 37 competing in a three-week second chance tournament.
The participants initially lost all of their first games in 2020 or 2021.
Each week ends with a two-part finale and the winner receives $35,000 and a spot in a subsequent tournament that will air through December.
Hari Parameswaran, a hardware engineer from Cupertino, California, must face Jill Tucker, an operations manager from Mulino, Oregon, and David Maybury, a magnetics engineer from Richmond, Virginia, to advance.
During Thursday’s interview, Ken brought up Week 1 finalist Jill’s first game of 2021.
Jill had stiff competition – she went up against seven-time champion Brian Chang and Zach Newkirk, who won the match and ultimately became a six-time champion
Ken remarked, “Jill, in your first game with us you were between two super champions.”
“In Brian Chang and Zach Newkirk”
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Jill responded that she had become a little “stiffened,” but her rivals in this fight couldn’t have been more “generous and kind.”
However, some hardcore fans noticed that Ken’s terminology was questionable.
“I thought the term was for…”
A “Super Champion” is a title awarded to participants who have achieved more than 10 consecutive victories NPR.
“Super Champs” are players with “double-digit wins” The alarm clock written down.
It was also noted that the revered milestone has more than ten victories Jeopardy.com.
So the snafu, however minor, is not lost on those in the know.
“So in her original #Jeopardy appearance, Jill was between two ‘super champs’?” A fan was asked on X, formerly Twitter.
“I thought the show decided that term referred to winners of 10 or more games?”
“I thought the same!” replied another.
HALL OF SUPER CHAMPIONS
A “super champion,” they say gamehsows.fandom“refers to a champion who has 10 or more consecutive wins in Jeopardy!” achieved.”
There have been a total of 16 Super Champions since longtime showrunner Harry Friedman made the wise decision to remove the five-day win limit in 2003.
The first Super Champion was none other than Ken with his still unsurpassed 74 victories in 2004.
A year later, David Madden won 19 games, but after that there was no champion with ten or more wins for around nine years
In 2014, Arthur Chu ended the losing streak with 11 wins, followed by Julia Collins with 20 wins.
In 2015, Matt Jackson won 13 games, in 2016, Seth Wilson had 12 wins, and in 2017, Austin Rogers won 12 games.
In 2019, James Holzhauer became the show’s second multimillionaire in regular play after breaking multiple show records in his 32 games (the only player to ever and regularly win $100,000 in a game).
Shortly thereafter, Jason Zuffranieri won 19 games, and the flood of big winners followed the pandemic.
Matt Amodio (38 wins), Amy Schneider (40 wins), Mattea Roach (23 wins), Ryan Long (16 wins), Ray LaLonde (13 wins) and Cris Pannullo (21 wins) soon followed.
EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEASON 40
The monumental 40th season of Jeopardy! runs until July 26, 2024.
Due to the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes with actors and writers unable to negotiate fair pay, co-host Mayim has officially been removed from the board.
On Monday it was announced that she would remain uninvolved until the strikes ended and only Ken would host.
She bowed out in solidarity with the strikers, which came as a huge shock since she and Ken were chosen to co-host following the death of Alex Trebek in 2020.
a source previously said The messenger that Mayim probably won’t be back until the new year, if not longer.
“She wasn’t fired,” the insider shared.
“She has chosen to stand by her union and for this reason she has been informed that it is unlikely she will return for the remainder of the year, even if the strike is resolved before then.”
Mayim is a member of the striking actors union SAG-AFTRA.
If the strikes don’t end by 2024 – and since episodes are taped two months in advance – Mayim will return at least in the new year, if not next season (or next fall).
Ken being the only host isn’t the only big change this season.
Aside from there being no new contestants and no Mayim, the other big change is the clues.
The game show reuses questions from past seasons without its writers, but most of the questions appear to have not been aired before.
Showrunner Michael Davies explained in “Internal Danger!” Podcast that it “wouldn’t be fair for new contestants to appear on the show for the first time” with material that is not original or that was written before the strike.
“The material we will be using is a combination of material that our WGA writers wrote before the strike and that is still in the database, and material that will be reused from several, several seasons of the show.”
The 2023 Tournament of Champions will not take place until the strikes are over.
Several Season 39 champions, including Ray, Cris, Hannah Wilson and Ben Chan, said they would not participate in TOC until the strikes were completed.
The news sparked a scathing reaction from Masters winner James Holzhauer, who took to the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to denounce the show.
“If you don’t have time to listen, here is the recap of today’s announcement,” James, 39, wrote, sharing a link to the podcast episode.
“1:00-2:00: The writers of Jeopardy are invaluable and without them we couldn’t produce the show,” he continued.
“2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: This is how we will produce the coming season without them.”
Meanwhile, Ken faced backlash from some fans and former players over his decision to cross the picket line.
Ken remained relatively quiet on the subject, repeating a statement from the series’ executive producer in which he referenced the late Alex continuing to serve as host during the 2007–08 writers’ strike.
Mayim will also compete on Celebrity Jeopardy! replaced by Ken. which will air all of next season on ABC.
Season 2 of Celebrity Jeopardy! will air on September 27 and the first stars were announced on Thursday.
Her exit marks the first time that Ken will host all programming for Jeopardy! and some fans even believe that the widely favored former champion should take on the role alone at this point.