When “Jeopardy!” contestants buzz in, they’re generally pretty confident they have the right response. Why? Because the penalty for getting it wrong is severe. They’re basically just gambling with money that could potentially be theirs. So it’s not that often you get two contestants ringing in with both getting it wrong. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday when they tried to tackle the name of James Corden’s talk show.
“The Late Late Show with James Corden” has been on the air since 2015. And in the six seasons that the late-night talk show has been on the air, one segment has transcended the show and carved a path all its own. Many have seen the clips of James Corden behind the wheel of a car with a massively successful musical artist riding shotgun.
“Carpool Karaoke” sees the talk-show host interview artists by having them perform in the car’s informal setting. The segments often go viral on social media. In a category titled “Late,” “Jeopardy!” gave the contestants a $600 clue that read, “‘Carpool Karaoke’ is a segment on this CBS show.”
The ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Were So Close, Yet So Far
Unfortunately, two contestants missed the mark. Although it was clear that the first contestant, Molly, knew exactly which show the clue was referring to. She just forgot a key detail. “What is ‘The Late Show with James Corden’?” She responded.
Her response was met with a Mayim Bialik “no,” which no doubt came as a surprise. Then it was Verlinda’s turn. She figured she’d take a stab at it, defaulting to another classic title for a late-night talk show. “What is ‘Late Night with James Corden’?” She answered.
Again, a swift “no” from “Jeopardy!” guest host Mayim Bialik. Finally, with Tim having a few extra moments to think about it, he buzzed in and went with, “What is ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden?'”
Bingo. Tim took down the $600. It was a big sway in the game that brought within reach of the other two leading competitors. And while that score alone didn’t do it for him, Tim’s play proved decisive through the rest of the game.
Tim played out of his mind in the Double Jeopardy round, ending the regular game with $14,400. When it was all said and done, he held on to claim the victory. Even though he failed to answer the Final Jeopardy prompt correctly, he only wagered a small amount, and his lead was great enough to seal the deal.