‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Recites Poem Dedicated to Ken Jennings on Show

by Joe Rutland
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Fans of Jeopardy! know the history that Ken Jennings has made on the famed game show. He’s not only a major-league winner but a host, too. Well, a contestant on Jeopardy! decided to write a poem for him. What a sweet thing to do as Ken Jennings continues to stay connected with the game show. His willingness to be a part of it and remain committed to its success are attributes that make him stand out.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Appreciate Ken Jennings Poem

Man, that is one sweet limerick. Jennings was pleasantly surprised by the contestant’s lyrical writing, too. What did some of the fans have to say? They commented under the post from the Jeopardy! Instagram account.

One writes: “Ugh, just teared up a little. Love this!” Any mention of Alex Trebek, who remains close to many of the show’s longtime fans, is bound to bring a tear or two. So many people grew up watching the show with him as host. It’s hard to believe there was another host of the show before him.

But there was. Art Fleming was the original host when Jeopardy! aired on NBC back in the 1960s and ’70s. When Merv Griffin, the legendary talk-show host and entrepreneur, brought his game back to TV in syndication, he tabbed Trebek to be his host. The rest, as they say, is history.

Here’s what another fan writes about the poetry: “How sweet! And I loved Ken’s delight in hearing she wrote one for him”. This one says: “We all love Ken”. That’s a sentiment many people share, too. If you miss seeing him on the show as a host, then don’t worry.

He shares those hosting duties with actress Mayim Bialik. Sometimes, you will see Bialik hosting the different tournaments or even specials that Jeopardy! puts on these days. Ken Jennings, though, is Mr. Jeopardy! and relishes being in that spot.

But he took time out earlier in March to recognize a feat that he’s achieved. The champ was hosting his 100th show and Ken Jennings put it all in perspective on Twitter.

That’s quite an amazing feat for a guy who just has racked up a lot of game-show success. He’s also been spending time on ABC’s The Chase, too. But he’s leaving that role.

Jennings and Mark Labbett are leaving as Chasers. Who will take over? Victoria Groce, speed-quiz titan Brandon Blackwell, and Jeopardy! champ Buzzy Cohen. Cohen will the returning Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer as a Chaser.