‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Has His Mind in the Gutter with Pic from ‘Full-Service Zoo’

by Matthew Memrick
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Former “Jeopardy!” guest host and master contestant Ken Jennings may have had his mind in the gutter when he took a cute picture from a ‘Full-Service Zoo’ recently.

From the tweet, Jennings revealed that he was in Bern, Switzerland. BearPark is Bern’s popular main attraction with a modern 6,000 square meter park. Dubbed the Bärengraben, or “Bear Pit,” it opened in 1857.

The sign said, “Sleep With The Bears,” in an advertisement for the zoo. 

Several fans got the joke and chimed right in with Jennings.

The game show’s fans have long followed Jennings for a while. Recently, his tweets show him on vacation in July with stops at Yankee Stadium, the New York City fictional house of the Sheffields (from the CBS show ‘The Nanny) and most recently, Switzerland.

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After longtime host Alex Trebek died in January, Jennings was the first to guest host the show. The Washington state native and BYU graduate guest-hosted from January 11 to February 19. The Deseret News reported that his shows averaged 10.3 million viewers. The series is still looking for a permanent host with other famous names such as actor LeVar Burton in the running.

Before that, Ken Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on “Jeopardy!” with 74 consecutive wins in 2004. Since making it big with “Jeopardy!,” he has appeared in other game show episodes like “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” and One Vs. 100.” 

Before he made it big with the show, he was a software engineer.

Over the years, Jennings’ tweets have varied, but a few have gotten him into hot water. A 2014 tweet saying “(there was) Nothing sadder than hot person in a wheelchair” caught some criticism.

Another joke tweet hit out at the cancer death of a lifelong Star Wars fan. Jennings joked that “it can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.” Other tweets have veered into political landmines, and by December 2020, Jennings had apologized for some of them. 

Recently, a January post involved Jennings defending a friend and podcast co-host who talked about parenting his nine-year-old daughter. The Tweet stirred up past John Roderick’s posts labeled as anti-semitic, homophobic, racist and inappropriate. According to Mashable, Jennings defended Roderick, saying that Roderick was “a loving and attentive dad who … tells heightened-for-effect stories.”

Jennings has completed other projects over the year. He narrated the late “Jeopardy!” game host Alex Trebeck’s autobiography. Grammy award officials chose it among the entrees for the Best Spoken Word Album category at the March 21 awards show. 

For more than 37 seasons, TV viewers have tuned into “Jeopardy!

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