‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Hilariously Sounds Off on Celebrities Talking About Bathing

by Matthew Memrick

Former “Jeopardy!” guest host and Twitter funnyman Ken Jennings sounded off about celebrities bathing their children recently.

The former game show contestant responded to actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ hot take that they do not bathe their children unless they see dirt on them. 

The couple was on the “Armchair Expert” podcasts when the subject of bathing came up. Host Dax Shepard claimed that the use of soap each day strips the human body of natural oils. Kutcher and Kunis then agreed with their fellow actor. They claimed that they only wash “vitals” daily.

Ken Jennings, who has two children with Mindy Boam in a 21-year marriage, scored some yucks from a few Twitter fans.

Jennings, Others Get into ‘Showergate’ Talk

The celebrity couple’s comments stirred up Jeopardy!” guest host Ken Jennings and the online masses.

Yahoo! Life reported that Dorien Toku’s Sapo Body Sponge sold out after author Luvvie Ajayi asked her followers to commit to better grooming practices. Countless memes and jokes came at the couple’s expense. Others supported the couple.

Twitter comedian Greg Bernhard joked about the couple’s recent Cheetos Super Bowl commercial. In it, Kunis hides in places to eat Cheetos while Kutcher looks for her. At one point, she hides in the shower. 

Bernhard said, “Now I understand the Super Bowl commercial where Mila Kunis was hiding from Ashton Kutcher in the shower as she devoured a snack bag of Cheetos, because she thought it was the perfect hiding place.”

The Tweet got more than 2,000 likes.

Experts: Daily Bathing May Put Your Skin in Jeopardy

Some experts have weighed in on the bathing controversy as well. They don’t necessarily agree with Ken Jennings and the wash crowd.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association said on their Website that children ages 6 to 11 only need to bathe once or twice a week and when they get dirty.

Dr. Andrew Doyle, a Marietta, Ga. pediatrician, recommended cleaning children and infants with soap once or twice a week. CNN interviewed Doyle on the matter.

In another opinion, Columbia University epidemiology professor Elaine Larsen said if children were not going out daily and coming in contact with new germs, regular baths would not be necessary. She went further in the CNN report by saying that with the pandemic keeping families reducing the time they spend out of the home, there would not be unfamiliar germs to wash away. 

Larsen also told CNN that daily bathing might not be beneficial as it may reverse some of the body’s defense mechanisms. She said that daily bathing could reduce the skin’s protection against organisms and infections. Larsen added that people who clean daily and dry their skin out are more likely to carry germs.