‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Has Twitter in Stitches Over Ricky Gervais Joke

by Taylor Cunningham

Part-time Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings is once again proving why he was born to be a TV personality, and it’s thanks to a jab at well-known atheist Ricky Gervais.

During a recent episode, a contestant came across a category called “Oh Me of Little Faith.” And the clue was “This Derek star tweeted atheists were fighting again ‘over who doesn’t believe in any God the most… wait… that never happens.’”

Eight-time champion Mattea Roach answered the clue with “Who is Ricky Gervais,” which, of course, was correct. But instead of replying with the same old boring “yes” or “correct,” Ken Jennings nonchalantly said, “Yeah, I guess he’s an atheist. I had no idea.”

With his quip, Jennings was obviously honing into his sarcastic side—because anyone who knows of Gervais knows that he’s an outspoken atheist. And since the host won the gameshow 74 consecutive times, we’re absolutely positive that he’d know that little bit of trivia.

The reason it’s common knowledge is that Ricky Gervais takes every opportunity to voice his opinion on religion. Not only does he consistently bring up the topic on social media, but he’s also had some major projects that surround the issue.

In 2009, he wrote and directed The Invention of Lying, which was an indirect jab at Christianity. And the following year, he penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, Ricky Gervais: Why I’m an Atheist, which was obviously a little less indirect.

In the article, he wrote his opinion around a few sentences that read, “Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this.”

The Internet Loved Ken Jennings’ Subtle Ricky Gervais Jab

When Double Threat Podcast host Julie Klausner gave a shoutout to Ken Jennings’ quick wit, he responded with, “I’m a bad widdle boy.” And ever since, the internet has been on fire with his troll.

PopCulture413 was quick to recognize the reigning Jeopardy! champ had “the line of the night.”

And NBC sportscaster Whit Watson jumped onto Twitter to cause some laughs of his own.

“They’ve been grooming Ken Jennings for this gig for a while,” he wrote. “Personally, I support an open audition. I see a scenario where I am in the final round against Ricky Gervais.”

But this wasn’t the first time that Ken Jennings publically gave Ricky Gervais sh** for his anti-religious musing. Back in 2016, he posted another simple slight that also got social media rolling.

The year prior, the actor was cast as the voice of The Conceited Man in the animated film The Little Prince. And Jennings posted a picture of the film credit with the comment, “How will he ever pull this off?”