‘Jeopardy!’ Star Ken Jennings Says He Came ‘Perilously Close’ to Dropping a Famous Joke on ABC’s ‘The Chase’

by Emily Morgan

During Thursday night’s episode of “The Chase,” Ken Jennings traded his role of host for stand-up comedian after delivering a hilarious joke.

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During one part of the show, co-host Sarah Haines asked Ken Jennings if a player had impressed the interim “Jeopardy!” host.

Of course, he left our jaws open when he delivered his response, saying, “I don’t know that round had more passes than the Rocky Mountains.”

Boom, roasted.

Later, Ken Jennings took to Twitter to give his two cents on the humorous moment.

“This is perilously close to a Dennis Miller joke but at least I didn’t say “…more passes than the Hindu Kush, cha-cha.”

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“The Chase” recently came back after being off the air for numerous years and premiered on January 7, 2021, on ABC.

Hosted by Sara Haines, “The Chase” also features “Jeopardy!” champions James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter as the chasers.

The three trivia masters — known as “chasers” — face off against contestants, trying their hardest to prevent the contestants from walking away with any money.

“I think all of us bring our own spins to the thing,” Holzhauer told the Seattle Times during an interview. “Kenis a nicer guy than either Brad or I seem to be, and you get the sense that he feels really bad when he has to eliminate the contestants. I did not have this problem, shall we say.”

One “chaser” competes against the contestants, but the show will often cut backstage to Holzhauer and Rutter, to let viewers get a glimpse of the “Jeopardy!” banter fans came to love during the “Greatest of All Time” tournament.

“One of the interesting things about this is, we’re on the same team now, instead of playing against each other,” Rutter told Entertainment Weekly. “So of course we’ll still want to do better than the other two guys, but I was kind of rooting for them too.”

Season 1 features nine hour-long episodes that cover various topics.

Episodes of “The Chase” air Thursdays at 8 p.m. MT and depending on location, viewers can also watch it live via Fubo TV, which offers a free trial. Those who have a cable subscription can watch “The Chase” the day after each episode airs on ABC.com.