Jeopardy!‘s current GOAT event in Jan. 2020 was an epic win for Ken Jennings and for the present itself. In reality, it might have been the final nice tv programming of 2020.
Airing simply a few months earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it was an amazing alternative for followers of the present to enjoy seeing the very best of the very best gamers duke it out.
What will probably be fascinating to see is that if there’s a rematch of the event in Jeopardy!‘s future.
Ken Jennings initially stated no technique to GOAT event
After successful 74 video games on this system in 2004; a 2nd place win within the present’s 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions; putting 2nd once more in 2011 in this system’s IBM Challenge; and 2nd place in each of Jeopardy!‘s Battle of the Decades in 2014 and its All-Star Games in 2019, one may perceive why Ken Jennings would say no to the GOAT event.
And Jeopardy! wasn’t the one recreation present the Washington-state native was collaborating in. He additionally performed on NBC’s 1 vs. 100 in 2006 and 2007; on Game Show Network’s Grand Slam in 2007; and Are You Smarter Than a fifth Grader? in 2008.
So, Jennings’ response when Jeopardy! got here calling for him to enroll in the GOAT video games?
“I said ‘no,’ honestly. I said, ‘I don’t know if I want to,’” Jennings instructed the Television Critics Association in Jan. 2020.
It was Alex Trebek that modified Jennings’ thoughts about collaborating within the GOAT event
Because the event taped through the Christmas holidays, the 46-year-old father of two was hesitant to signal on. But it was Alex Trebek who modified his thoughts. Not that Trebek cajoled or satisfied Jennings.
Jennings realized that 80-year-old Trebek might retire sooner quite than later as a result of superior most cancers he has been coping with since March 2019.
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“So, what? I’ve acquired to spend the entire vacation worrying about Jeopardy! I feel I’m too previous,” he recalled. “The more I thought about it, honestly, it was Alex [Trebek] that changed my mind.”
Jennings clearly has, as so many viewers of the long-running recreation present do, an emotional attachment to Alex Trebek, who has been internet hosting this system for nearly 4 many years.
“I’ve been listening to him my whole life,” Jennings acknowledged about Trebek. “Even now, simply listening to that voice, it jogs my memory of being a child and operating dwelling to look at Jeopardy! after I was 10 years previous. It jogs my memory of standing behind that podium and scrambling to give you a solution. It’s plenty of the cadence of my life, that voice.”
Will there be one other GOAT event?
It’s laborious to say. Anything is feasible, however will there be one other GOAT event with Ken Jennings? Based on current remarks from Jennings, who has been named the present’s new Consulting Producer, it’s uncertain he would participate in it.
He contacted Jeopardy!‘s latest Executive Producer, Mike Richards, to let him know he was hanging up his buzzer.
“He came to us and said, ‘I’m done competing,’” Richards instructed The Ringer in Sept. 2020. “I think that he feels like he isn’t as good as he was and he doesn’t want to keep pushing that, because he said he even had a little bit of difficulty in the GOAT episodes. It didn’t look like it to me, full disclosure.”
We’ll should see if Jeopardy! presents a rematch of the event, if Jennings will get nostalgic once more, and if he decides to go for a second GOAT title.