Ken Jennings has been co-hosting “Jeopardy!” with Mayim Bialik since September. Presumably, that means that both hosts receive and have access to letters from fans. Nowadays, you would expect most of that mail to come in the form of emails or social media shoutouts. But every once in a while, from the looks of things, the “Jeopardy!” showrunners receive paper mail as well.
Jennings took to Twitter to share a particularly fun piece of fan mail with his followers. Ken Jennings captioned the post, “The best part of hosting Jeopardy!—and it’s not even particularly close—is the mail from kids.”
If you click on the post below, the pictures show a hand-drawn “Jeopardy!” clue board. The categories (adorably misspelled on the real paper), include “Hall of Fame,” “Mythology,” “Greatest Jeopardy Players,” “20th Century Pop,” and “Puppy Bowl.” Every single category has a different dollar amount, ranging from $200 to $2100.
And on the back, curiously enough, is the answer (to what clue or question, we couldn’t tell you). And the answer is: “Who is Snoop Dog?”
No context given or needed, apparently.
Several fans responded to Ken Jennings’ post, including former “Jeopardy!” champ and host Buzzy Cohen. “It’s so perfect,” Cohen commented on Jennings’ tweet.
“This kid is on to something with that scoring system,” a former contestant named Steven Grade wrote.
Another fan hopped on that idea and said, “Jeopardy should adopt the ‘just absolutely random amounts of money’ idea.”
Can we petition to make these categories and dollar amounts happen during a real game? Your move, Sony.
How Long Will Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik Split ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Duties?
“Jeopardy!” has named two hosts, Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik, for the time being. But how long will they continue to switch off hosting duties?
According to Entertainment Weekly, they’ll continue switching off for the rest of “Jeopardy!” Season 38. The outlet reports that new episodes of this season will air into July 2022. So, for at least the next four months or so, we’ll see both Jennings and Bialik on our screens.
Earlier this year, Mayim Bialik sat down with Variety to talk about what it’s like splitting the host job with Jennings. Originally, she was chosen to host special events like the National College Championship that ran in February. Hosting the regular syndicated episodes wasn’t always part of her plan.
“I’m very grateful because I work on [the sitcom] ‘Call Me Kat’ three weeks out of the month,” Bialik shared. “On the week that I don’t, I get to do ‘Jeopardy.’ When ‘Call Me Kat’s’ season ends in March, I get to be more full time on ‘Jeopardy.'”
She added, “Ken is so beloved, so incredible. He’s a whole other level in the ‘Jeopardy’ universe. When I first met him, I was so excited.”