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Ken Jennings Says ‘Jeopardy!’ Forced Him to ‘Come Out of the Trivia Closet’

Now that Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings is virtually a recreation present icon, it’s laborious to imagine he ever doubted his trivia prowess.

However doubt it the 74-game quiz present winner did. As Jennings termed it, successful on Jeopardy! “outed” him from a lifetime of loving factoids, a releasing expertise that he hadn’t totally embraced. Till now.

Alex Trebek and ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Ken Jennings | Jeopardy Productions by way of Getty ImagesJennings is now a producer on ‘Jeopardy!’

The Jeopardy! GOAT, it was introduced not too long ago on this system’s Instagram account, is now on workers on the long-running recreation present as a consulting producer. He’ll start his duties because the present’s 37th season will get underway on Sept. 14.

Within the publish, a video featured Trebek and Jennings with the message: “Getting hyped for #Jeopardy37? So are we! Take a look at this sneak peek of what’s to come back September 14.”

“We’ve made some adjustments,” the 80-year-old Trebek stated within the video. “And I feel you’re going to love them!”

An announcer then added, “The best participant of all time joins the Jeopardy! workforce. Total classes introduced by the GOAT himself.”

On the finish of the video, Trebek reassures viewers, “Don’t fear, I’ll nonetheless be the host. And I’m wanting ahead to seeing you.”

Ken Jennings, the GOAT

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As soon as the pandemic started and filming was stopped on the sport present, Jeopardy! started airing in Might 2020 the Best of All Time Event, which initially aired in January of 2020.

And naturally, Jennings took the trophy house on the finish of all of it.

“It’s actually simply been probably the most pleasant a part of the entire thing—and has been from the start—simply that it was at all times legitimately my favourite present,” the previous software program engineer advised Interview in Jan. 2020.

“Simply to win as soon as was adequate, you already know? I felt like, “Now I’m good. It doesn’t matter what else occurs, I died a Jeopardy! champion.”

Why Jennings says he felt ‘outed’ after successful ‘Jeopardy!’

In his 2006 e-book, Brainiac: Adventures within the Curious, Aggressive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs, confessed that he has at all times privately been a down-low trivia whiz however had lastly come to phrases with this a part of his identification and was revelling in it.

“I made a decision as soon as upon a time that Figuring out Bizarre Stuff,” he wrote, “for need of a greater title for it, was an annoying penchant, a kiddie recreation, and I spent years pretending I didn’t look after it.”

Jennings was grateful to the sport present, to the method, and to his victory, for introducing him as soon as once more to the pleasure he loved in trivia.

“By successful on Jeopardy!, I fulfilled a childhood dream of mine in large, glitzy, bug-eyed Make-A-Want Basis fashion. How typically does that occur? It doesn’t matter what occurs to me now, I’ll at all times have Jeopardy! It was good to provide a short enhance to that endangered species, the American recreation present.”

The daddy of two admitted that, much more, he was “grateful to Jeopardy! as a result of it reintroduced me in the end, to trivia. I got here out of the trivia closet on nationwide TV, in entrance of tens of thousands and thousands of individuals. I can by no means once more quietly faux I don’t bear in mind the title of some band’s bassist. What’s extra, I don’t actually wish to faux anymore.”


Joseph F Ojeda
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