Ken Jennings recently had to deal with an extremely rare Jeopardy! moment. Jennings is one of several guest hosts who is taking over for the iconic Alex Trebek this year. The former game show champion paid tribute to Trebek during his first episode and has since started to find his own groove, while getting trolled at the same time by one clever contestant with knowledge of Jennings' record breaking past with Jeopardy! Now, fans of the long running show can watch Jennings handle another curve ball.
Ties don't happen in Jeopardy! very often, but Ken Jennings recently had to deal with one. Two players ended up answering correctly, with the same amount of earnings during Final Jeopardy. Jennings was forced to impose a rare tie-breaker question, in which the person who buzzes in the fastest with the correct answer wins. In this case, it was Brian Chang, who also happens to be the very same player who trolled Jennings during a Final Jeopardy question a few days prior. The Final Jeopardy category was statues: "Statues honoring this man who was killed in 1779 can be found in Waimea, Kauai & In Whitby, England," was the clue, with the correct answer being Captain James Cook.
Ties in Jeopardy! are extremely rare. A three-way tie for first place has only happened once while Alex Trebek was host, on March 16th, 2007. On March 1st a regular tie-breaker occurred, which was the last time before now. Numerous tournament games have ended with a tie-breaker clue over the years. The experience is just one of many that Ken Jennings will remember for the rest of his life, especially since Brian Chang was the one to be in on it. Just like the trolling moment, Jennings took it all in stride.
After the game ended, Ken Jennings told the contestants, "That was some finish. I've never seen one of those and I've been here, like, 100 times." He went on to say, "Just my second day on the guest-hosting job... and this happens. We had the possibility of a super-rare Final Jeopardy! tie or a super-DUPER-rare triple-zero finish." In the end, it was a memorable episode for all involved, including the audience watching at home.
After Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! will feature Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, and Mayim Bialik as the show's host. "Alex was a legend, revered by all of us," Mike Richards, Jeopardy!'s executive producer, said. "I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show." So far, fans have liked seeing Jennings take over for Alex Trebek, so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the hosts do down the line. While we wait to find out, you can check out the rare tie-breaker situation above, thanks to the official Jeopardy! Twitter account.