Former “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer mocked Joe Buck on Twitter recently, saying that he hoped Buck would quit his other job.
Buck, a longtime Fox Sports play-by-play announcer, hosts the show this week (Aug. 9 to Aug. 13) as part of a series of guest hosts. Holzhauer’s jab was a note that, if Buck won the full-time job, he could not work as a sports broadcaster.
In 2004, Holzhauer was on 33 “Jeopardy!” episodes and won over $2 million on the show ($2,464,216) in non-tournament play. He is second to Ken Jennings ($2,522,700 in 75 episodes in 2004) in winnings and number of games won.
Since leaving the show, Holzhauer has honed his game show talents with sports betting, appearances on other shows, and writing gigs with publications like The Atlantic. Most recently, he starred on ABC’s quiz show “The Chase” in June.
In a 2017 Mashable story, some of the reasons came out for the Joe Buck hate. Folks thought he was biased and got his job based on nepotism (his father was a sportscaster). Many just wrote him off, saying he was just not good.
Buck has worked as a pro football and pro baseball sportscaster since the mid-1990s.
‘Jeopardy!’ Legend James Holzhauer An Inspiration
Recently, former “Jeopardy!” contestant Matt Amodio gave Holzhauer credit for his playing style on the show. Amodio’s eight-game winning streak vaulted him into the show’s all-time top 10 highest-grossing winners.
In a Fox News report, Amodio told why Holzhauer helped him prepare for his time on “Jeopardy!” While many fans took issue with Amodio’s playing style, many despised Holzhauer’s need to place big bets and jump around the board.
“James brought in a lot of probability-based analysis in terms of which clue selection to do,” Amodio said. “I just remembered how they did it, and I’m hoping that I’m imitating it as best as I can.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Holzhauer Has Followed The Host Contest
Holzhauer has followed the “Jeopardy!” permanent hosting competition. With controversy in the naming of executive producer Mike Richards the frontrunner to replace Alex Trebek, Holzhauer posed a spicy video of WWE CEO Vince McMahon shouting, “It was me all along!”
Holzhauer, a Chicago Bears fan, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he did not think current Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would get the job earlier in the competition. Like Buck, Holzhauer said the show’s producers would want a permanent host who could commit his or herself fully to the job, “so I doubt Aaron Rodgers is actually in the running unless he suddenly retires.”
Rodgers threw out possible retirement over his contract discussions during his contract dispute over the summer with the Packers. But recently, the quarterback came back to the team.