It was over for Ken Jennings earlier than he even started.
The Wall Road Journal has reported that the “Jeopardy!” champ was all set to take over Alex Trebek’s spot after the longtime host handed away in November 2020 — till folks went digging into his Twitter historical past.
Jennings, 47, has since apologized for the posts — describing them as “unartful and insensitive” in an open apology — together with a tasteless joke that learn: “nothing sadder than a sizzling individual in a wheelchair.”
The WSJ additional reported that Jennings had apparently scored low on the viewers’s charisma meter, saying focus teams reportedly “didn’t react effectively” to the thought of seeing Jennings on the podium following the tweet revelations.
However, Jennings was given a good shot within the run-up to exchange Trebek, who hosted the sport present for 36 years till he died at age 80 from pancreatic most cancers. However Jennings’ two-week stint on the helm wasn’t sufficient to erase his previous social media missteps.
On the information that “Jeopardy!” govt producer Mike Richards would get the job, Jennings advised the Ringer, “Clearly I’m disenchanted with how this course of performed out, however I’d moderately look forward,” and added, “I plan to be with the present so long as they’ll have me, regardless of who’s internet hosting.”
With Richards now, too, booted from the gig — amid his personal authorized and social media messes — the present is about to begin one other spherical of visitor hosts. Richards, 46, additionally reportedly apologized to workers final week as they resume plans to seek out the following face to guide “Jeopardy!” into the longer term.
In a notice to workers, Richards wrote, “I need to apologize to every of you for the undesirable adverse consideration that has come to Jeopardy! over the previous couple of weeks and for the confusion and delays that is now inflicting.”
Jennings stays greatest referred to as the “Jeopardy!” winner with 74 consecutive wins again in 2004 and nonetheless holds the document for the longest profitable streak within the present’s historical past.