‘Jeopardy!’ Icon Ken Jennings Hilariously Reveals What His ‘Favorite’ Part of Being a Radio DJ Would Be

by Jennifer Shea

Ken Jennings likes to tweet. And the former “Jeopardy!” champ sends out a variety tweets, ranging from the hilarious to the inane.

On Monday night, Jennings shared an observation about himself with his Twitter followers.

“If I was a radio dj,” Jennings tweeted, “I bet my favorite part of the job would be gettin back to the music.”

Twitter Reacts to Jennings’s Tweet

Jennings’s followers were quick to react to the tweet, replying with quips and sharing details about themselves.

“Probably one of the better guesses you’ve ever made,” one tweep joked.

“Mine would be playing a Steely Dan song, and then when the listeners thought the absolute last thing in the world they were going to hear was another Steely Dan song, blowing their minds because it’s Twofer Tuesday,” another fan shared.

“Probably the listeners’ favorite part as well,” yet another Twitter user shot back.

Jennings got multiple replies from actual DJs, current and former, who offered their own perspective. Some of them said that was indeed the best part of DJing. Others corrected Jennings, pointing out that the grammatically correct phrasing is, “If I were a radio dj.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Alex Trebek Was Like a ‘Goofy Uncle’

Unfortunately for Jennings, being a “Jeopardy!” champion didn’t necessarily mean he got to spend much more time with legendary late host Alex Trebek, who died on Nov. 8, 2020 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It’s a violation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations for contestants to hang out with the host, who knows all the answers, Jennings told TV Insider last year.

Still, over the course of his accumulated time on the show, Jennings did manage to glean a few insights about Trebek.

“You get to see him in little snatches over your time on the show,” the former champ said. “And over the years, I’ve kind of gotten a sense of who he is. He’s exactly the guy we all want him to be from TV, not just the cool old-school broadcaster, but the reliably good authoritative person.”

“He’s also a little bit goofier than you’d think,” Jennings added. “Between rounds, he’ll take audience questions and he’s cracking jokes that are self-deprecating. He swears. He does accents. I’ve seen him do little bits of song and dance. He’s really much more the goofy uncle than the stern dad, and I think America doesn’t always see that because there’s not a lot of time for him to make wisecracks.”

With Trebek now having passed on, Jennings can appreciate that peek into Trebek’s character as one of the greatest prizes he took away from his “Jeopardy!” stint.