‘Jeopardy!’ Aired Ken Jennings’ First Winning Game From 2004 and The First Answer Made Jaws Drop

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings on the set of

Since it has needed to cease filming as a consequence of coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations, Jeopardy! for the following two weeks will likely be airing older video games.

Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings on the set of 'Jeopardy!'
Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings on the set of ‘Jeopardy!’ in 2004| Jeopardy Productions by way of Getty Images

Last evening, the 2004 episode that launched the best Jeopardy! contestant of all time, Ken Jennings, was aired, and shocked viewers with its first reply of the sport.

Ken Jennings’ very first episode aired

Due to the coronavirus halting filming of the sport present, ABC determined to air older video games to entertain viewers. Starting final evening and over the following two weeks, Jeopardy! will likely be airing choose video games from Greatest Player of All Time Ken Jennings’ run on the present.

Last evening’s episode was Jennings’ first ever look on the present, and fascinating to observe in that it was from 2004, Alex’s hair wasn’t as white, and viewers obtained to see a Jeopardy! champion in his sport present infancy.

Over the following two weeks, in keeping with the present’s web site, Jeopardy! will air the ‘Greatest of All Time’ event for the nights of May 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Then on May 15, it’s going to return to 2004 for Jennings’ closing look on his historic run.

Jennings’ audition expertise for the present

Jennings was requested by Vulture this week what it was prefer to go from being a mild-mannered software program engineer in his 20s to a Jeopardy! contestant.

“I was 29,” he recalled. “The yr earlier than, I used to be down in Los Angeles with a friend of mine on a brief trip, and we all the time talked about attempting out for Jeopardy! since our days on a university quiz-bowl workforce. We referred to as Sony and discovered that there have been no auditions that week, and it was really a number of days after we had been planning to depart.”

“We were super bummed, but finally said, “You know what? Let’s just come back. Why not?” We drove again house and got here again. . . and we each handed the take a look at on the Radisson on a Tuesday morning. It was nice.”

Jennings recalled his shock at realizing he was really going to be on the present.

“But a year goes by,” he mentioned. “I completely forgot about it, and immediately I’m sitting at my boring job and a man from Jeopardy! calls me. He was principally like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be on the present in three weeks.’ I panicked.”

Twitter’s response to that first reply on final evening’s ‘Jeopardy!’

Aside from the journey again in time to 2004, the opposite extra stunning a part of final evening’s sport was its first reply, which was “A fast-spreading outbreak of a disease.”

Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! viewers on Twitter had been fast to specific their shock on the timeliness of that exact reply and a twinge of unhappiness that we couldn’t get away from reminders of our present pandemic even on a 2004 episode of a sport present.

One person tweeted, “@Jeopardy tonight is a re-run from 2004 and the first answer was “epidemic”…. throughout a worldwide pandemic 16 years later?”

Another aptly said, “I notice we’re not going by way of an *epi*demic, however when the reply to the primary query on the #Jeopardy! replay of Ken Jennings’ first win is that, you need to snicker a bit of. And perhaps cry a bit of.”

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