Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Jennings Criticizes Jeopardy!

A posting on the website of Ken Jennings, the winningest Jeopardy! contestant ever, blasts the show for being "left coast" and outdated. Interestingly enough, it was on this very game show where Jennings accumulated nearly 2.5 million dollars in winnings. Even show host Alex Trebek wasn't safe from the diatribe, when Jennings compared his manner to that of a robot ("Trebektron 4000").

Can somebody please cue
NIN's 'Bite the Hand that Feeds?'

The entire text of the letter lies below:

Dear Jeopardy!,

Hey, I hope you remember me. It’s been a while since we talked. We were a bit of an item a couple years back, in all the papers, but I think we both know that was just a summer thing. The last time we saw each other…well, the magic just wasn’t there. That’s why I don’t mind when I see you with a new special someone. Or two. Nearly every night! … I’m sorry, is this sounding passive-aggressive? I don’t mean to badger you. I remember that, when we were together, it seems like all I ever did was nag you with questions.

Let me start again. What I really wanted to talk to you about was your image. You’ve got a good twenty years on you now, and that’s Trebek-era alone. Times have changed since your debut, but when I watch you, it’s the same-old same-old: the same format, the same patter, the same fonts, the same everything as when I first crushed out on you in fourth grade. 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. Would you mind a few suggestions on how you might really freshen up your act a bit?

Read the rest of the letter here.


Anonymous said...

Um, I'm pretty sure this whole letter was about as tongue-in-cheek as one can get. Ken wasn't really dissing Jeopardy!, he was just being his adorable little smart-assed-but-in-a-nice-Mormon-way self.

Tim C said...

So Ken gets his 15 minutes of fame on the show then disses it? Who cares. If the show didn't get ratings it wouldn't be on. As we say in online FPS games, STFU. No one cares what you think Ken. I will concede that Jep could do with updating its categories, but I won't back down from the point that Ken needs to shut up. Please fade into obscurity with some dignity or give back the 2.5 million and whine all you want.