Anyone who watches Jeopardy knows that in the final round, rather than buzz in and respond verbally, contestants write down their answer to a single clue that is given. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong, and sometimes they have no idea what the correct response is. In those situations, a contestant might make a guess, but some of the more witty people appearing on the show use it as an opportunity to be silly. In the space for their answer, they might write, "Hi Mom!" or make a reference to a TV show or a movie. One sweet contestant even used it to pay tribute to then-host Alex Trebek.
After Trebek's passing in November, Jeopardy began using guest hosts like Ken Jennings, Katie Couric and Dr. Oz. The latest celebrity to give guest hosting a shot is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is coming off a tough end to the NFL season, which saw his team lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. Many attribute that loss to a poor decision when the Packers were eight yards from the end zone, down eight points with five minutes left in the game and their coach, Matt LaFleur, decided to kick a field goal.
It's something sports fans haven't forgotten three months later, and that was the case for two-time Jeopardy champion Scott Shewfelt. For the Final Jeopardy clue that read, "Accepting a lifetime achievement Emmy, he said, 'Just take... 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are,'" Scott responded by trolling Rodgers, writing, "Who wanted to kick that field goal?"
Rodgers took the response in stride. After the audience's laughter died down, he stated, "That is a great question. It should be correct, but unfortunately for this game it's incorrect."
Fortunately for Scott, he didn't wager anything but, like Rodgers in the NFC Championship, he still lost the game.
As for Aaron, he was actually aware of Scott's answer before reading it aloud since the host can actually see what the contestants are writing in real time. The football great told ESPN, "For about 25 seconds, I'm watching him write this, and he thinks about the answer and says 'F*** it,' basically, 'I'm going to write this answer.' But it was unbelievable as the host, I'm watching him and going, 'I can't believe I'm watching him write this.' It was pretty amazing."
You can see Rodgers hosting the show through April 16.
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