‘Jeopardy!’ Icon James Holzhauer Drops His Guest Host ‘Rankings,’ Trolls Ken Jennings

by Jennifer Shea

“Jeopardy!” icon James Holzhauer is trolling Ken Jennings yet again. And this time, it’s about Jennings’ guest-hosting stint earlier this year.

“Jeopardy guest hosts, ranked*: 1. @AaronRodgers12. 2. Joe Buck. … 16. @KenJennings,” Holzhauer tweeted Tuesday. “*rankings based on how I would feel about them quitting their current job.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Champs Have a Good-Natured Rivalry Going

“Isn’t Ken unemployed?” one of Holzhauer’s tweeps replied.

Jennings is a consulting producer on “Jeopardy!”. He has also been appearing as a Chaser, or quizmaster, on the ABC game show “The Chase.”

As two of the highest-winning “Jeopardy!” contestants ever, Holzhauer and Jennings have a friendly competition going. In June, for example, Jennings made a joke about “The Chase,” in which Holzhauer also appears as a Chaser.

“The Chase is back, with all your favorites!” Jennings tweeted then. “And @James_Holzhauer!”

So it looks like Holzhauer is now trolling Jennings right back. But make no mistake, “Jeopardy!” fans: this rivalry is all in good fun. The two trade laughs together on “The Chase,” and they’re part of a rarefied club of “Jeopardy!” contestants who have taken home big money from the show.

Jennings Was One of Many Guest Hosts

After late, great “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020, Jennings became the first in a long line of guest hosts to take his place. The former “Jeopardy!” champ hosted the show for six weeks.

Following Jennings was “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. Richards is now reportedly up for the permanent hosting gig, to the dismay of some “Jeopardy!” fans who had other favorite guest hosts.

After him came a string of celebrities. Former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric. “Doctor Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker. “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen. Actress Mayim Bialik.

“Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos. “GMA” c0-host Robin Roberts. Actor LeVar Burton. CNBC host David Faber. And now, Fox sportscaster Joe Buck.

Jennings made his first appearance on the show in 2004. At that stage, he set a new record with a 74-game winning streak. And he brought home $2.52 million. He would later take part in several championships and win the “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” tournament.