During Thursday night’s episode of Jeopardy!, one contestant paid homage to former champion Ken Jennings with her Final Jeopardy! answer.
Interim host Dr. Mehmet Oz shared the category “Antidisestablishmentarianism,” which is the first time ever that the category has been used on the game show. The clue was, “A real real-life Antidisestablishmentarian, William Bridgeman opposed the 1920 disestablishment of this in Wales.”
Reigning champion Emily needed to catch up in Final Jeopardy! since she trailed by almost $10,000. However, she seemed to draw a blank during the final round of the quiz show. Since she didn’t know the correct answer, Emily decided to have a bit of fun. She wrote “What is FedEx?” as her answer, a reference to Ken Jennings’ incorrect answer that ended his 74-game win streak.
“Not right for you today. It wasn’t right yesterday either. And it wasn’t right for Ken Jennings,” Dr. Oz jokingly said to Emily.
Emily, who bet $11,997 and fell to only $3, did not retain her title after sharing the incorrect answer – again. However, on Wednesday’s episode, she gave the same Final Jeopardy! answer and won. Although “FedEx” was still incorrect, Emily ended up the show’s champion with a total of $12,600.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Ken Jennings Still ‘Haunted’ By Incorrect Answer
Even though it’s been years, former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is still reeling from the answer that cost him his 74-game win streak.
“Everybody remembers the bullet that gets them,” Jennings said in a 2016 interview. “Everybody remembers the question they miss.”
Longtime host Alex Trebek revealed a clue in the “Business and Industry” category. The Final Jeopardy! clue was “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year.” Competitor Nancy Zerg wrote down “H&R Block” correctly. Yet Jennings infamously answered incorrectly with his answer of “FedEx.”
As Jennings revealed his answer, the audience gasped. No one could believe the longest streak in Jeopardy! was finally over. Jennings himself looked stunned as well.
“Everybody is just haunted by the Final Jeopardy! they lose. It doesn’t matter if it’s game 75 or game 1,” Jennings explained.