‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Jokes People Think He Can ‘Answer Anything’ After Receiving Bizarre Question

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday afternoon, former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings shared a fan’s ridiculous question on Twitter. The contestant turned interim host of the popular game show may have finally found a question he couldn’t answer.

It must be tough having people assume you can literally answer any and everything thrown your way. As the highest-earning American game show contestant ever, it comes with the territory. Jennings’ streak of 74 consecutive wins in 2004 is still the longest winning streak on the game show.

In addition, his Jeopardy! earnings exceed more than $4.5 million dollars. Therefore, the former Jeopardy! champion routinely gets bombarded on social media with strange questions.

In this case, a Kansas City Royals fan hoped Jennings could help him with his team’s television schedule. The baseball fan said they live 30 miles north of Kansas City. The Royals supporter seemed very concerned about viewing games on their Dish Network provider. According to the fan, they thought Jennings could clear up “if any of the [Royals] games will be on TV this year.”

You’d think the Kansas City fan would just Google it, or contact his TV provider to answer his question. However, Ken Jennings turned out to be his go-to place for Royals television broadcast inquiries.

“You guest-host Jeopardy for a few weeks and people just assume you can answer anything,” Jennings joked in his response.

Ken Jennings Thanks ‘Jeopardy!’, Alex Trebek After Guest-Host Gig Ends

On Friday, Feb. 19, Ken Jennings‘ guest-host run on Jeopardy! came to a close. After his interim role ended, he took to Twitter to thank the game show and its longtime host Alex Trebek.

Jennings was a clear-cut choice for the job considering his Jeopardy! credentials. He posted on social media to express his gratitude for the interim gig.

“That’s a wrap on my six weeks of @Jeopardy guest hosting. Thanks for watching, thanks for your patience with a tough learning curve…and, as always, thank you Alex,” Jennings tweeted.

Many have speculated that Jennings’ guest host appearance was a tryout for potentially becoming Trebek’s full-time replacement. Following the longtime host’s death, the game show has not committed to any permanent host. Instead, Jeopardy! has enlisted a series of guest hosts. Jennings hosted the first run from Jan. 11 to Feb. 19. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Mike Richards took over for Jennings on Monday, Feb 22.

“I was very fortunate to have a front-row seat to watch and study Alex,” Richards said. “Stepping in as a guest host was incredibly humbling, emotional and a lot of fun. It will forever be the honor of my life.”