Jeopardy! fans say Ken Jennings' joke about a controversial comedian is why he'll 'get the hosting job permanently'

JEOPARDY! fans have claimed that Ken Jennings' joke about a famous controversial comedian is the reason why he might be "getting the hosting job permanently."

Ken, 47, has shown off his witty sense of humor in a most recent installment.

For the category “Oh Me of Little Faith,” the question that popped up stated: “This Derek star tweeted atheists were fighting again ‘over who doesn’t believe in any God the most…wait…that never happens.'”

Contestant Mattea Roach answered in the form of a question.

She said: "Who is Ricky Gervais?

The host typically replies "correct" or "yes" if the contestant's answer is right.

The Jeopardy! host seemingly went off-script.

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Ken responded: "Yeah, I guess he’s an atheist.

"I had no idea.”

The ABC star's witty response earned a laugh from Martha. 

Jeopardy! fans cheered for Ken and his sharp humor when the clip from the game show went viral online. 

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One fan said: "A king."

Another fan wrote: "Oh my god!" with laughing cat emojis. 

Ken dropped in the comments section and tweeted: " I’m a bad widdle boy."

At the beginning of April, The Sun exclusively revealed that the quiz show's ratings had nearly doubled since Ken made his first appearance.


Recently, JEOPARDY! co-host Mayim Bialik, 46, announced that she and Ken will be finished hosting the ABC show in July.

A yet-to-be-announced permanent host is expected to take over by that time.

The Blossom actress told Newsweek: "I have very publicly thrown my hat into that ring.

"I like to say as an actor, and as a potential Jeopardy! host, we live season to season so what I know is where I am until May 6.

"And beyond that, I get to wait and see."

Fans have been pushing for Ken to become the permanent host, but have been trolling Mayim over recent blunders, and wearing the same blazer twice. 


The Big Bang Theory actress responded to the backlash during her Daily Pop on E! interview with Justin Sylvester and Morgan Stewart McGraw.

She explained why she wore the same outfit again: "There's a budget on Jeopardy! people!

"I grew up with one bathroom till I was 15 and my brother was 19. We budget!"

Mayim promised: "I'm going to wear it again! And I'll wear it again."


Former host Alex Trebek fronted the ABC series for over three decades before he passed away on November 8, 2020.

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He revealed to his beloved fans in 2019 that he was battling stage four pancreatic cancer.

Alex previously hosted the show since the premiere back in the early '80s and reached up to nearly 8,000 episodes.

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