JEOPARDY! fans were shocked by a player’s “disgraceful exercise outfit” on Tuesday.
Some even joked contestant Joe “ran” to the Mayim Bialik-hosted game.
The permanent hosting decision, however, is still on the board and is said to be sealed by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.
Tonight, Joe Feldman – a technology worker from Maryland – was bested after two wins by Pete Chattrabhuti, a Washington D.C. attorney.
But Joe’s outfit may just go down in Jeopardy! history regardless.
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‘WHAT IS: HE WEARING?’
Joe, at the left podium, wore a form-fitting quarter-zip neon-patterned pullover.
And he had Jeopardy! Twitter fuming he was unfit to play in his simply wild fitness-evoking wardrobe choice.
“Casual Joe,” one fan posted as another echoed, “Casual Tuesday.”
A third wrote, “Ooh no. Clothing is usually irrelevant but a yoga shell suit won’t do.”
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A fourth wrote, “Joe came straight from a bike race.”
While a fifth spun up, “Why does joe look like he has jeopardy at 7 and the tour de france at 7:30?”
Another similarly joked, “I’m pretty sure Joe ran to the Jeopardy studio the day this episode was filmed.”
And yet another fumed, “Whatever the hell Joe is wearing is a disgrace to Jeopardy. Surprised his bike helmet isn’t on the podium.”
One more raced in, “When you’re teaching P.E. at 2 but competing on Jeopardy at 7” as others yet said they were “speechless.”
Middle podium’s Pete – who finished with a winning $10.8K even seemed to shade his competitor at one point.
Did Pete take a dig at Joe saying “at least I look good?” one Twitter user noticed.
HOST BATTLE HEATS UP
The show’s ratings nearly doubled to 9.7M viewers when Ken made his first appearance.
When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and indeed, she hasn’t bested Ken’s ratings since during Season 38.
While fans have found Mayim to be a perfectly plucky presence, hundreds have tweeted about her off-putting poise during the typically enjoyable Q&A shares, “slow” response time to contestants, and controversially erroneous games compared to Ken.
Mayim faced fan fury when a player’s signature was ruled too sloppy in FJ though she had seemingly written “Harriet Tubman.”
And last week – though not the actress-turned host’s fault – there was ironically a typo in Final Jeopardy just days after the spelling snub which couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Ken recently accepted the show’s Daytime Emmy without Mayim, which many felt was a hint he’d continue carrying the torch.
During the recent installment of his podcast, Omnibus, Ken also revealed he has already been scheduled for tapings in June for Season 39.
It’s been implied by execs that the actress would simply host spinoffs soon, perhaps with Buzzy Cohen – while Ken would host the main show, with “multiple hosts for the franchise” altogether.
Meanwhile, her sitcom Call Me Kat was greenlit for another 22 episodes and a Season 3 this week – fans thinking this could be another sign Ken, otherwise commitment-free, could get it.
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“I’m handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months,” the fan-favorite surprisingly tweeted in May, adding, “We are lucky to have her! I’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Jeopardy airs 7 pm ET every weeknight.