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July 26, 2006

Gift Horse, Meet Ken Jennings

All-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings has emerged from the "Where Are They Now?" shadows to bite the hand that fed him $2.5 million just a short time ago.

In a snarky "Dear Jeopardy!" letter posted on his Web site,, the winningest contestant ever needles the game show for being out of step and out of date. He calls the show's categories "effete, left-coast crap nobody's heard of" and even snipes at show host Alex Trebek.

"I know, I know, the old folks love him," Jennings writes about Trebek. "Nobody knows he died in that fiery truck crash a few years back and was immediately replaced with the Trebektron 4000. "You know how Trebek likes to read foreign words in these thick, strained accents, thinking he's being muy autentico? "He should continue to do this, but instead of delivering them himself, he needs to have a little ventriloquist's dummy with a sombrero to pipe in with those words."

Jennings spends most of his "letter" talking about the show's over-the-hill feel. He also proves that he can use the word "polyethylene" in a sentence - twice. "You're like the Dorian Gray of syndication. You seem to think 'change' means replacing a blue polyethylene backdrop with a slightly different shade of blue polyethylene backdrop every presidential election or so."

Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, made headlines in 2004 when he reeled off 74 consecutive "Jeopardy!" victories while amassing $2.5 million - both show records.

That doesn't stop him, however, from bashing the show. "I mean, wake me up when you come up with something that middle America actually cares about," he says of the show's question categories. Jennings goes on to scold the show's décor - "damn electric blue everywhere . . . Was that hip in 1984?" - and needles the show's viewers - "median age of 'Jeopardy's' viewership: 91."

Source: New York Post

Posted by Lawren at July 26, 2006 07:53 AM | Trackbacks (0)

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The downward spiral after your 15 minutes of fame are up has apparently hit Ken a little harder than most.


Says: Mel at July 26, 2006 09:33 AM

Having read Ken Jennings' entire "Dear Jeopardy" entry, I don't get the impression he's biting the hand the feeds. It struck me as a lighthearted jab at the show; just poking fun at the fact that it hasn't changed at all, really, in years.

To me, the reporter who "broke" this story is making a mountain out of a very little mole hill.

It's much ado about nothing.

Says: Kevvy at July 26, 2006 10:07 AM

After reading the whole blog, I agree with Kevvy that the whole this is a nothing story. Well written and humorous, it's a jab at the fact that the show really hasn't changed at all since we used to watch it with our parents.

At the most, Mr. Jennings may be having a bit of attention withdrawal.

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