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


Because it has had to stop filming because of coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations, Jeopardy! for the following two weeks shall be airing older games.

Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings on the set of 'Jeopardy!'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 Pictures

Final 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

As a result of coronavirus halting filming of the sport present, ABC determined to air older video games to entertain viewers. Beginning final evening and over the following two weeks, Jeopardy! shall be airing choose video games from Best Participant of All Time Ken Jennings’ run on the present.

Final evening’s episode was Jennings’ first ever look on the present, and attention-grabbing to observe in that it was from 2004, Alex’s hair wasn’t as white, and viewers bought to see a Jeopardy! champion in his recreation present infancy.

Over the following two weeks, according to the show’s website, Jeopardy! will air the ‘Best of All Time’ event for the nights of Might 5, 6, 7, eight, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Then on Might 15, it would return to 2004 for Jennings’ closing look on his historic run.

Jennings’ audition expertise for the present

Jennings was asked 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 used to be 29,” he recalled. “The 12 months earlier than, I used to be down in Los Angeles with a pal of mine on a brief trip, and we all the time talked about making an attempt out for Jeopardy! since our days on a school quiz-bowl workforce. We referred to as Sony and came upon that there have been no auditions that week, and it was really just a few days after we had been planning to go away.”

“We had been tremendous bummed, however lastly mentioned, “You realize what? Let’s simply come again. Why not?” We drove again residence 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.

“However a 12 months 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 mainly 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!’

Except for the journey again in time to 2004, the opposite extra surprising a part of final evening’s recreation 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 individual reply and a twinge of disappointment that we couldn’t get away from reminders of our present pandemic even on a 2004 episode of a recreation present.

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

Another aptly said, “I notice we aren’t going by means of an *epi*demic, however when the reply to the primary query on the #Jeopardy! replay of Ken Jennings’ first win is that, it’s important to snigger a bit. And perhaps cry a bit.”