Why Ken Jennings Suggests ‘Jeopardy!’ Players Get Fingerprinted

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Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings is now suggesting that players get fingerprinted. Now, this is not normally something that would have crossed his mind. However, a recent encounter with a contestant sparked something that made Jennings think maybe it might be time to vet contestants better. What exactly occurred and would this be a smart idea? Read on for more details.

Why Ken Jennings Suggests Jeopardy! Players Get Fingerprinted

Has Jeopardy! become such a dangerous game that players must now get fingerprinted? Not exactly. However, host Ken Jennings does think that maybe the producers should take better precautions when casting. This occurred after he was speaking to a contestant and learning about his life. According to The Sun, Ken was chatting with Ray LaLonde who shared that his twin brother was actually in the process of auditioning for the show, as well.


When Ray let Ken know that he may be seeing his face again, the host had some questions. “Have you guys considered just swapping in and out during your run without telling us?” Jennings inquired. To that, Ray responded: “How do you know we’re not?” That was when Ken suggested that they should start fingerprinting prior to taping. Just in case there was, in fact, a twin swap going on.


Though Ray had been doing quite well on the show and has a seemingly brainy twin, to boot, there has been some criticism around him. He was asked a question referring to Hanukkah to which he gave the answer “menorah.” Despite being considered right by Jennings, fans of the show felt that this was actually an incorrect response. The proper term for the “special candelabra” was actually “Hanukiah” yet the show accepted menorah as correct.

Not The First Time…

Jeopardy! has had its fair share of mishaps since Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik took over for the late Alex Trebek. Fans have disliked the fact that the show is filmed so far in advance. Therefore, the clues seem somewhat outdated making viewers think that they are watching reruns. Then, some clues gave away endings to shows, ruining binge-watching for those who’ve yet to see or finish some programs. Then, there was drama over the spinoff, Celebrity Jeopardy!

Mayim Bialik [Jeopardy | YouTube]
[Jeopardy | YouTube]
There was a clue that related to Brian Laundrie who killed his fiance, Gabby Petito then took his own life. Viewers thought this clue was in poor taste. Then the Laundrie family wanted an apology issued to them for doing something so off-putting. Therefore, Jeopardy! has had its share of snafus this season. Fingerprinting probably would not be out of the ordinary if it were ever to happen.

Do you understand why Ken proposed fingerprinting the contestants? Should they do that if they ever had identical twins on the show? Let us know and watch Jeopardy! weeknights.

Amanda Nowitz

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