‘Jeopardy’ Legend Ken Jennings Furious As Spelling Bee Game Won’t Accept ‘Chewbacca’

by Jon D. B.

When you’re as big a “Star Wars” fan as all-time “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings, you get furious when Chewie is under-represented in a spelling bee.

Where’s the Chewbacca love? Ken Jennings wants to know exactly this Tuesday as he plays through a popular spelling bee game. Confronted with using the letter E alongside C, H, W, B, and A on the aptly named “Spelling Bee” game, Jennings promptly enters Chewbacca – as any “Star Wars” fan worth their salt would.

Much to the former “Jeopardy!” guest host’s chagrin, however, the game tells him that Chewbacca is “not in word list.”

How? Someone call the makers of “Spelling Bee” right now and get this grievous error righted! If not, we’re likely to see far more “furious” emojis from Ken Jennings on Twitter. And for a usually jovial, tongue-in-cheek fan favorite like Jennings… this is just a travesty in the making.

‘Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings is a Massive ‘Star Wars’ Nerd

This author says this with love, too. Anyone who follows Ken Jennings will know that the “Jeopardy!” champ is a fellow, enormous “Star Wars” nerd. So much so, in fact, that he greets his dogs with an infamous quote from the series every time he sees them.

Brace yourselves, however, “Star Wars” fans, because there’s a prequel quote coming in hot.

“Thanks to this tweet, I now say “Hello boyos” every time I walk into a room where our dogs are,” Jennings tweeted in March. He includes the aforementioned tweet, a now-iconic quote from “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

What is “Hello Boyos?” would’ve been a more fun, ‘Jeopardy!’ style reveal. Jennings’ straight-away reveal, however, prevents this author from doing so. Trust me, I tried. Didn’t work.

Growing up with these films, I can confirm that I, too, also use this line often. And yes, this includes the pups.

“A reminder that Jar jar has the funniest line in any star wars movie,” the original tweet reads. That’s a bit of an overstatement, but the line does at least feel like a Top 10. Or 20. Let’s go with 20.

Classic “Star Wars” fans loathing for Jar Jar Binks aside, his signature “boyos” catchphrase makes for infinite quotability. For this lifelong fan, however, I prefer the elongated version from the latter half of the film: “Hello there me’a boyos. Me’sa back!”

Sorry. I had to. The line itself, for anyone unable to view the retweet, comes when Jar Jar meets R2-D2 and his astromech droid friends for the first time upon Padme’s ship:

Jar Jar Binks: [Sees R2-D2 and other R2 units for the first time] Hello boyos.

‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’

I’d say that’s enough about “Star Wars,” but honestly, I’m not sure if there is such a thing. If you’re here for the “Jeopardy!” side of things, however, then we highly recommend checking out the game show’s updated J!6 online game. Hopefully it proves less infuriating than Jennings’ “Spelling Bee” experience for you.