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

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

But 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 absolutely embraced. Until now.

Alex Trebek and 'Jeopardy!' champ Ken Jennings
Alex Trebek and ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Ken Jennings | Jeopardy Productions by way of Getty Images

Jennings 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 will start his duties because the present’s 37th season will get underway on Sept. 14.

In the post, a video featured Trebek and Jennings with the message: “Getting hyped for #Jeopardy37? So are we! Check out this sneak peek of what’s to come September 14.”

“We’ve made some changes,” the 80-year-old Trebek mentioned within the video. “And I think you’re going to like them!”

An announcer then added, “The best participant of all time joins the Jeopardy! staff. Entire classes offered by the GOAT himself.”

At the top of the video, Trebek reassures viewers, “Don’t worry, I’ll still be the host. And I’m looking forward to seeing you.”

Ken Jennings, the GOAT

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Once the pandemic started and filming was stopped on the sport present, Jeopardy! started airing in May 2020 the Greatest of All Time Tournament, which initially aired in January of 2020.

And in fact, Jennings took the trophy dwelling on the finish of all of it.

“It’s really just been the most delightful part of the whole thing—and has been from the beginning—just that it was always legitimately my favorite show,” the previous software program engineer informed Interview in Jan. 2020.

“Just to win as soon as was adequate, you understand? I felt like, “Now I’m good. No 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, Competitive, 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 decided once upon a time that Knowing Weird Stuff,” he wrote, “for want of a better name for it, was an annoying penchant, a kiddie game, and I spent years pretending I didn’t care for 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-Wish Foundation fashion. How typically does that occur? No matter what occurs to me now, I’ll at all times have Jeopardy! It was good to offer a quick enhance to that endangered species, the American recreation present.”

The father 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 hundreds of thousands of individuals. I can by no means once more quietly fake I don’t bear in mind the title of some band’s bassist. What’s extra, I don’t actually need to fake anymore.”

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