‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Ribs Popular Science Publications Over Meme Usage

by Thad Mitchell

Fresh off his stint as host of Jeopardy!, former champion Ken Jennings is as active on social media as ever.

Jennings’s social media pages are “must-reads” for the knowledge and humor he is known to drop in his posts. In his most recent Twitter post, he wonders aloud if he will ever get to a science publication story quick enough to be the first to let others know about it. As with many of his social media posts, the tweet brought the Jeopardy! champion a great deal of attention.

“Starting to think I will never see a pop-science news story quickly enough to do the “New ___ just dropped tweet,” he writes.

Jennings is referring to the speed at which news story make their way to social media these days. His tweet suggests he would like to be the one to inform the world when a particular pop-science story comes out. His tweet drew plenty of laughs as well as people sympathizing with his feelings. The Saturday social media post took in hundreds of “likes” and several comments.

Jeopardy! Champion Was First to Fill Hosting Duties

Jennings rose to fame in 2004 when he went on a 74-game Jeopardy! winning streak. The streak earned him more than $2.5 million from his game show winnings. He would go on to win several more editions of the show and holds the title of “Greatest Jeopardy! Champion of All Time.” He earned the title in a tournament held last year in which he defeated several other Jeopardy! champions to claim the crown. In all of his game show appearances, he has won just over $4.5 million.

Upon the passing of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, Jennings was the first celebrity to guest host the show. Trebek passed away in November of last year at the age of 80 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Since his passing, Jeopardy! producers have relied on various celebrities to guest host on the show.

After his stint as host, Jennings was followed by executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. NFL star Aaron Rodgers is currently filling the guest-hosting role.

Jennings is expected to receive consideration for the permanent hosting position once Jeopardy! officials decide to go that route. The Jeopardy! contestant recently confessed that he felt he was just getting comfortable with the role when his guest duties ended. Jennings confessed he would like another crack at hosting the trivia show.