‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Hilariously Disowns Son for Blasting His Favorite Team

by Chris Haney

On Thursday night, former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings posted a hilarious exchange with his son after he disrespected his favorite baseball team.

Jennings grew up in the Seattle, Washington area, so naturally, he’s a big-time Seattle Mariners supporter. The start of the MLB season is nearly upon us, with games beginning on April 1. Jennings’ teenage son, Dylan, asked his father if they could go to the Mariners’ opening day game.

Showing caution for COVID-19 protocols, Jennings asked his son what the capacity will be for Seattle’s opening home game. He asked if the organization is allowing 25% capacity so fans can spread out. That’s when Dylan fired back a witty response his dad didn’t appreciate. His son said that the team is allowing 9,000 fans to attend the game. Additionally, he added, “So 100%,” making fun of the team’s usual poor attendance even in non-COVID times.

The Jeopardy! champion posted a screenshot of the pair’s short text conversation to his Twitter account. Then, he made sure to include a hilarious response for his fans and followers.

“My son is kicked out of the family, effective immediately,” Jennings amusingly wrote.

Ken Jennings Gets Katie Couric’s Vote For Permanent ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

Recently, Ken Jennings took over as the first of many interim hosts on Jeopardy!. The former contestant who still holds the longest streak of wins in the game show’s history filled in for Alex Trebek after he passed away in November.

Jennings guest-hosting role ran from January 11 to February 19. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Mike Richards took over for Jennings on February 22. The current interim host is news anchor Katie Couric who will fill the role from March 8 to March 19. The popular quiz show has multiple other guest hosts lined up as well, but Couric recently revealed that she thinks Jennings would be the best full-time host.

“I think Ken Jennings was awesome,” Couric said. “I think there’s something about Ken! He’s so steeped in the Jeopardy! culture and ethos. There’s something really nice about seeing such a champion then help other people become champions.”

For now, Jeopardy! will continue to use guest hosts. It buys them time to make sure they hire the right person for the iconic hosting gig. In addition, it gives the game show a chance to test out a variety of candidates.

Jennings and Richards’ guest-hosting duties are already fulfilled as Couric currently takes the reins. Next up is Dr. Mehmet Oz and then Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take over on April 5. The rest of the hosting schedule has yet to be released. However, the show has announced more future temporary celebrity hosts. They include Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.