'You gotta be on your game': 'Today' host Savannah Guthrie shuts down 'Jeopardy!' fans' anger over Ben Chan's loss
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie shut down the angry fans of the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ after champ Ben Chan lost a nine-day winning streak. Guthrie revealed insider info about ‘Jeopardy!’ as she previously hosted the show and is familiar with how things work there.
The morning show star Guthrie shared her true feelings about ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Ben Chan’s loss, when the other ‘Today’ hosts, Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Sheinelle Jones, and Dylan Dreyer were discussing the topic. Savannah jumped into the conversation after knowing that fans are fuming since Ben’s loss. The uninterrupted nine-day winning champ lost after his response was deemed incorrect over one wrong letter.
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Ben Chan’s heartbreaking loss
On the Tuesday, May 23 broadcast of ‘Jeopardy!’, Ben Chan’s long streak came to an end after he lost the game over one incorrect letter, leading to serious fan fury. The topic popped up on the 'Today' broadcast during a pop culture segment being hosted by Jones in Carson Daly’s absence. Jones told the viewers and her co-hosts that a “spelling error ended Ben Chan’s nine-day winning streak, and some fans are asking for a re-do”. The video clip of the heartbreaking moment was shared during the segment on the 'Today' show.
In the Shakespeare’s Characters category, the final Jeopardy read - “Both of the names of these 2 lovers in a Shakespeare play come from Latin words for 'blessed.'” ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mayim Bialik turned to Ben, whose answer was “Beatrice & Benedict.” He struck out "Benedict" but later wrote the same again. After a deep sigh, Mayim revealed the answer to be incorrect, saying, “Unfortunately that is not correct. The correct response [is] Beatrice and Benedick.”
Savannah Guthrie, the ‘Jeopardy queen’
After the video clip of Chan’s loss was played on the ‘Today’ segment, Jones asked her fellow co-hosts about their opinions on the matter. Guthrie squeezed up her face and said, “It’s Jeopardy. You gotta be on your game.” She was called the “Jeopardy queen” by Jones before Melvin and Kotb added that she knows it all because she guest-hosted the game show. Guthrie continued explaining while sharing insider info, “What happens is, they tape it, and then you look over.” Furthermore, "You’re looking at the judge like, ‘Does it count? Does it not count?’ And they’ll be like, 'No, no.'” Guthrie noted that Ben’s answer “was different” from the correct one, and technicalities are crucial for ‘Jeopardy!’.