‘The Chase’: Game Show Featuring ‘Jeopardy!’ Icon Ken Jennings Sees Writers Go on Strike

by Halle Ames
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The game show, The Chase, which features Jeopardy! icon Ken Jennings sees its writers go on strike.

The Chase, which is ABC’s remake of the British-made game show, has plenty of star talent.

Ken Jennings serves as one of the show’s hosts but isn’t the only Jeopardy! legend to make their debut. Other Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time contestants, such as James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, are also featured on The Chase. Sara Haines hosts the show.

The Chase aired its first nine episodes from Season 1 from January until March. It has not been renewed yet for a second season. However, Deadline reported today that producers might create more episodes for Season 1.

The Chase Writers Report Unfair Treatment

Currently, the show is catching media attention, and it isn’t for an interesting question. The Chase recently received a strike notice from the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE). It highlights how writers for the game show were unfairly treated.

“Per Working Rule 8, no Writers Guild member shall accept employment on The Chase, effective immediately,” the guild wrote in a letter to members. “ITV America has refused to apply the full terms of the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) to all seasons of The Chase going forward – and writers on The Chase, and the Guild at large, refuse to accept an agreement that would undermine writers of future seasons.”

Today, Variety reported that Lowell Peterson the executive director WGAE notes that the writers will be on strike due to ITV America’s failure to receive benefits.

“We have alerted Writers Guild members that ITV America is refusing to honor the choice of writers at ‘The Chase’ to be represented by the union and to receive pension and health benefits, residuals, and the other basic provisions of our industry-wide MBA. Guild members will stand united in not crossing the picket line at ‘The Chase,'” said Peterson.

ITV America Responds

The Chase and the writers employed by ABC’s ITV America are in a contract dispute. However, ITV America recounts a different story.

“After the WGAE approached ITV one week ago, we began good faith negotiations and proposed a package for the writers that includes generous, over-scale pay increases and health benefits through the WGA. Despite that proposal, the WGAE is refusing to make a deal and insisting on terms that would economically cripple the show. We remain open to continuing discussions with the guild. ITV offers top-tier health benefits to all employees, whether union or non-union.”

Since the pandemic, writing for The Chase has been primarily done remotely.