‘Jeopardy!’ or ‘Wheel of Fortune’: Followers of the Shows Debate Which ‘Type of People’ to Surround Themselves With

by Jennifer Shea

“Jeopardy!” fans are an opinionated bunch. And apparently, some of their most fervent opinions concern what type of people devotees of the show are.

“There’s two type of people in the world. Jeopardy people and Wheel of Fortune people. You want to be around Jeopardy people,” one fan posted to Reddit eight years ago.

Not only are “Jeopardy!” people better compatriots, the fans argued, but they could easily win “Wheel of Fortune” – unlike “Wheel of Fortune” fans, who would struggle with “Jeopardy!,” they said.

“I’m willing to [bet] most people who are good at Jeopardy are also good at Wheel. I don’t think it works the other way around though…,” another fan chimed in.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Have a Low Opinion of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans

“Wheel of Fortune” is the longest-running game show in television history. But some “Jeopardy!” fans don’t think much of it or the people who watch it.

“People who win Jeopardy are genuinely smart and know facts, history, pop culture, etc etc.,” another fan explained. “People who win/play wheel of fortune, win by chance (for the most part). All they have to do is guess words and letters that are put in front of them. Whether they really succeed is based on the spin of a wheel rather than hard work.”

Yet another fan bragged that “Wheel of Fortune” is easy to play, saying they guessed one puzzle before any of the contestants did.

“I was watching WOF a couple years back and guessed the puzzle before any letters were on the board,” the fan recounted. “I was really proud of that.”

‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy’ Hosts Were Friends

There was none of that animosity between the hosts of the respective shows, however. “Wheel of Fortune” co-hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White were actually good friends with late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. And they mourned the loss of Trebek in an interview with Entertainment Tonight this January.  

“I knew Alex for almost 40 years, and he’s just been a good friend,” White told Entertainment Tonight. “Through the years, I have gotten to know his wife and his kids and he is just part of the family.”

“I have been at this a long time and I really admire what he has done, and he had done so much,” Sajak said. “When I started the show… Alex had already done a half a dozen, maybe more, game shows here and in Canada, he has done a bunch of them, and was always highly professional and was like the perfect match for his show.”

Sajak and White took over “Wheel of Fortune” in 1981 and ’82, respectively, but “Wheel of Fortune” has been on the air since 1975. “Jeopardy!” launched in its current format in 1984.