September 27, 2022
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Ken Jennings’ Old Opponents React To ‘Jeopardy’ Hosting Gig

As Ken Jennings will get prepared to begin the brand new season of Jeopardy! as a everlasting co-host alongside Mayim Bialik, the lengthy line of contestants he left within the mud have some combined feelings about his new place. Generally known as the KJL, or Ken Jennings Losers, these group of contestants are nonetheless smarting from Jennings’ legendary run within the mid-2000s when he plowed by way of information and mauled everybody in his path after Jeopardy! lifted a cap on successful streaks. Now, he’s the host, and people previous wounds nonetheless sting.

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As Ken Jennings will get prepared to begin the brand new season of Jeopardy! as a everlasting co-host alongside Mayim Bialik, the lengthy line of contestants he left within the mud have some combined feelings about his new place. Generally known as the KJL, or Ken Jennings Losers, these group of contestants are nonetheless smarting from Jennings’ legendary run within the mid-2000s when he plowed by way of information and mauled everybody in his path after Jeopardy! lifted a cap on successful streaks. Now, he’s the host, and people previous wounds nonetheless sting.

“When he was beginning as host, my mom about misplaced her thoughts,” Merritt Hamilton Allen, KJL 122, advised The Ringer. “My mom by no means obtained over her rage.”

It additionally didn’t assist that Jennings’ epic successful run was facilitated by a significant change in how Jeopardy! dealt with rivals who had been repeatedly dominating episodes:

Jennings’s streak was not with out controversy. In its early seasons, Jeopardy! capped champions at 5 straight wins, at which level they had been despatched residence with their money whole and a automotive. The five-day restrict was lifted only a 12 months earlier than Jennings arrived, and a few contestants—together with quite a lot of five-day champs who had been sure they might have gone on longer—cried foul. The New York Instances declared Jennings “essentially the most annoying man in recreation present historical past” and insisted he was holding poor Jeopardy! hostage, but it surely made no distinction: On he went.

Nonetheless, not each KJL is mad about Jennings’ rise to the rostrum. In truth, former opponent Jeff Suchard thinks the state of affairs is a good alternative for Jennings to make a strong gesture to the gamers he defeated.

“What I’m actually hoping for is Ken to host a ‘Ken Jennings Losers [KJL] Event’ on Jeopardy!” Suchard advised The Ringer. “The place they invite again the one or two dozen of his defeated opponents who actually seemed like they could have had an opportunity in opposition to him.”

(Through The Ringer)

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