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NY Post
New York Post
29 Apr 2023

NextImg:Ken Jennings defeats Mayim Bialik in ‘funny’ way on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Well, isn’t this funny.

“Jeopardy!” co-hosts Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik, along with “Wheel of Fortune” co-host Vanna White, are competing on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” for charity.

In a sneak peek of the episode airing next month, the trio attempt to solve a puzzle — to hilarious results.

“Funny meeting you here?” Bialik, 47, guessed incorrectly, dramatically leaning over in defeat upon realizing her blunder.

The wrong answer cued Jennings, 48, to swoop in for a win: “Fancy meeting you here.”

“They may be two hosts, but they work together like that,” host Pat Sajak quipped as Jennings took a small bow. “It’s really wonderful to see.”

Jennings, Bialik and White, 66, step into the unusual role as contestants in the crossover episode, set to air May 10 on ABC at 9 p.m.

Jennings’ impressive “Jeopardy!” run nearly two decades ago is giving fans hope he may come out on top on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.”
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There’s already speculation over who will reign champion on the episode, and according to a “Jeopardy!” Reddit thread, all bets are on White.

“Watch Vanna absolutely smoke both of them and leave us all confused,” one user argued, as others acknowledged her expertise as a gameshow host.

“Vanna knows the writers’ thought processes when creating puzzles. Pat [Sajak] has said she even submits puzzles of her own for possible use on the show. So yes, I think she has a ‘home-court advantage’ so to speak,” another chimed in.

A “Wheel of Fortune” co-host since 1982, White last appeared as a contestant in 1997.

She competed for charity against Sajak while then-“Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek hosted — it was an April Fools’ Day stunt.

Vanna White in red dress on Wheel of Fortune

However, all bets are on White, who has served as a co-host for “Wheel of Fortune” for four decades.
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However, Jennings’ “Jeopardy!” reputation precedes him — in 2004, he successfully held a 74-game win streak — and eager fans expressed their excitement “to see Ken win every round.”

Jennings and Bialik have alternated as co-hosts of the quiz competition since the tragic death of Trebek in 2020 from pancreatic cancer.

Their on-screen leadership follows the departure of Mike Richards, whose short-lived stint as host was riddled with controversy.

Mayim Bialik on "Jeopardy!"

A sneak peek into the episode shows Bialik’s utter defeat at the hands of Jennings in one round.
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But, with big shoes to fill, the pair’s permanent hosting gig has been far from perfect.

Jennings has been slammed online for telling critics to “buy a dictionary” and has been accused of robbing participants of points for mispronunciations.

He has also been under intense scrutiny by the show’s devout fans for granting full points for partially incorrect answers.

For her part, Bialik has come under fire for gaffes and her wardrobe choices.

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