‘Jeopardy!’: What Ken Jennings Considers His ‘Greatest Unfulfilled Dream’

by Robert Davis
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In an interview with PopCulture, “Jeopardy” star Ken Jennings said his greatest “unfulfilled dream” is to be on Family Feud.

The self-described game show nerd told the entertainment news website that Family Feud was his favorite show growing up. Even though Jennings remembers crying over missing ‘Hollywood Squares’ and ‘The Pyramid’ before school, Family Feud still tops his list of favorite shows.

“I remember when my little sister was born and I realized there were five of us now and that our family could have a “Family Feud” someday,” Jennings said. “But, it still hasn’t happened. So, Steve Harvey, call me!”

Jennings is known as the “Jeopardy GOAT” in some circles. He won the “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” tournament in 2020 and now is a consulting producer on the show. Jennings also holds the record for the most consecutive wins at 74.

He told Pop Culture that he is glad to still be working on “Jeopardy” after all these years.

“You know, like an athlete, I started noticing myself getting a step slower here and there,” Jennings said. “I think that’s when I realized that it was time to hang it up. And the moment I did, the Jeopardy producers called me and said “do you want to do this” and I just couldn’t say no. I guess like Michael Corleone, they just pulled me back in.”

‘Jeopardy’ and Ken Jennings Collide

Jennings first appeared on “Jeopardy” in 2004. Since then, he has gone on to win over $4 million from the show, including several high-profile tournament victories.

During his 74-game win streak, Jennings earned over $2.2 million. He also set the record for the highest average correct responses in a game with at least 300 responses, averaging a nearly 36 percent correct response rate.

In 2005, Jennings won a $500,000 second-place prize in the “Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions”. Six years later, he earned $300,000 in the “Jeopardy! IBM Challenge.” Jennings was the first human to beat third-place finisher Brad Ruttler, even though he still lost to IBM’s Watson computer in the end.

Jennings also earned two separate $100,000 prizes in 2014 and again in 2019. In 2014, he earned $100,000 share of his mother’s $300,000 prize on “Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades.” Five years later, he took home the 100-grand prize for placing second in the “Jeopardy All-Star Game.”

Success After Jeopardy

After retiring from Jeopardy, Jennings went on to write a book about his experience. It’s called Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs and was published in 2016.

Jennings also hosted a series of “Jeopardy” games between January and February 2021.

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