‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Hilariously Reacts to Fellow Game Show Icon James Holzhauer Being Mistaken for Him

by Leanne Stahulak

“Jeopardy!” legends Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer make no secret of the fact that they love ribbing each other. And yesterday, Holzhauer provided Jennings with a prime opportunity for shenanigans.

Aside from being big-time game show champions, the two quiz heads are also huge baseball fans. Seattle-native Jennings loves watching the Mariners, while Holzhauer happens to be a Chicago Cubs supporter. The “Jeopardy!” icons also attended a Mariner’s game together last month, even making it up on the Jumbotron.

But a few days ago, the Mariners asked Holzhauer to throw out the first pitch of the game. T-Mobile Park’s official Twitter page posted a pic of Holzhauer in a Mariners jersey as he threw out the pitch. They captioned the post, “A @Jeopardy legend checking in! Special shoutout to @James_Holzhauer for throwing out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch!”

So, the Mariners definitely know who Holzhauer is. Glad that’s been established. Because yesterday morning, Holzhauer didn’t waste any time updating fans on a hilarious case of mistaken identity he experienced at the game last night.

“I posed for a selfie with a fan and she said “thank you Ken, you’re my favorite!” Holzhauer wrote as he quote tweeted T-Mobile Park’s post. Apparently, one “Jeopardy!” legend got confused for another.

Jennings had the perfect comeback prepared for Holzhauer’s embarrassing encounter. “Money well spent,” he responded, implying that he’d hired the fan to mix the two up and embarrass Holzhauer.

While Jennings and Holzhauer look nothing alike, it’s understandable that people might mistake one for the other. After all, Jennings holds the first place title for the highest consecutive “Jeopardy!” wins at 74, while Holzhauer holds second place with 32. Jennings also holds a record for highest “Jeopardy!” winnings ever, while Holzhauer dominates the single-game winnings category.

What Are the ‘Jeopardy!’ Legends up to Now?

After Holzhauer’s successful “Jeopardy!” run in the spring of 2019, he turned back to sports betting. Now, he’s a sports betting columnist for The Athletic, writing updates and tips on the best way to make it in the business. Playing a numbers game hugely helped him with “Jeopardy!” after all, allowing him to wager big against his competitors.

Holzhauer also joined Jennings and fellow “Jeopardy!” icon Brad Rutter in ABC’s latest trivia show, “The Chase.” In the show, the three quiz champions compete against ordinary contestants and attempt to “chase” them down so they don’t take home their winnings.

In addition to competing on “The Chase,” Jennings has also circled back to “Jeopardy!” and helped out as a guest host. After the tragic death of the late and great Alex Trebek, the game show needed someone to fill in for the iconic host. Jennings gladly took up the mantle, leading “Jeopardy!” for six weeks at the beginning of the year.

Now, only three guest hosts remain for this season: LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck. We’ll see how these new hosts match up to the previous guests, but Jennings already has a high chance of cinching the permanent host position.