Ken Jennings Jabs Defeated Champ With Sharp ‘Survivor’ Joke

Ken Jennings - Jeopardy!

Recently, Jeopardy! fans heard a sharp joke that Ken Jennings said during the post-show that originally wasn’t aired. But seemingly the sly host kicks the defeated champion while they are down. Adding insult to injury, Ken jabs the leaving champ with a Survivor joke upon their loss.

Drew Basile Strikes Hard

Lately, fans are getting to witness an interesting crossover between Survivor and Jeopardy! One lucky player, Drew Basile, is on the show after his Survivor competition but has shown his smarts on the stage by hitting a new Jeopardy! major milestone. Notably, on his first appearance, he struck hard and beat the 15-day champ, Adriana Harmeyer, in a runaway. Ken Jennings takes a dig, but other fans had a few things to say as well.

Drew Basile on Jeopardy! | YouTube
Drew Basile on Jeopardy! | YouTube

Fans voice their opinion about Drew’s significant start:

  • “I’m actually a little sad we’re losing Adriana Harmeyer from @Jeopardy after so many days,” one fan says on X.
  • “Adriana Harmeyer is ALWAYS a champion to me.”
  • “Weird sadness / nerd rage over #Jeopardy today.”
  • “Well, I was expecting Drew to do well, but I didn’t think he’d have a runaway. Hope to see him get at least 4 wins and make the TOC as well.”
  • “I like Drew! He seems like a goofball. I wonder if they asked him to stop pointing at the clues after the first break.”

Ken Jennings Jabs Defeated Champ With Sharp Survivor Joke

However, after Drew Basile took his daring $10,000 Daily Double wager right out of the gate, Adriana Harmeyer didn’t have much room to return. Ken Jennings acknowledges Drew as a “giant killer” a term coined by Alex Trebek for overtaking long streaking Jeopardy! winners. But after the credits roll, Ken is talking with Adriana and takes a deep jab. Seemingly distraught by the loss, Adriana moves through the motions of passing the torch. Ken asks, “How does it feel now being a 15-game Jeopardy! champion, you know how the story ends?” Adriana gracefully replies, “Of course, I would have loved to keep going, but 15 is a nice good number, and I’m happy with that.” Then, Ken claps back, “You would like more,” giving a quick retort, “But I guess the tribe has spoken.”

Ken Jennings gives Adrianna Harmeyer a hard time. - Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings gives Adrianna Harmeyer a hard time. – Jeopardy!

After Ken references Survivor‘s popular line, in the background, the audience gasps and then players offer awkward laughs at the comment. However, Adriana takes the wisecrack in stride. She replies, “Unfortunately,” but shows her disappointment with a saddened sigh. But Ken offers a pleasant reminder, “We’ll see you in the Tournament of Champions, Adriana.” Then, he turned his attention to Drew’s win, “Drew, what a fantastic win!”

Ken Jennings Keeps Cheering On The Competition

Additionally, Drew Basile has moved on to win five days in a row and will contend for a sixth on Wednesday night. As such, he will be automatically invited to the Tournament Of Champions. While Ken Jennings has been complimentary of the Survivor alum’s playing, some fans think his ego may get in his way. Drew is self-admittedly a “know-it-all” but seems to be backing it up.

  • “I’m not a big fan of fist-pumping in sports, but especially not on game shows. I’m sure he’s a perfectly nice kid and very bright, but his social immaturity shows,” one Facebook user says.
  • “I love the exuberance of youth, and I’m amazed when someone that young is so knowledgeable. Maturity comes with age,” another fan reminds other people.
  • “Poor sportsmanship.”
  • “Just over-excited. Not poor sportsmanship.”
Ken Jennings & Drew Basile - Jeopardy! - Instagram
Ken Jennings & Drew Basile – Jeopardy! – Instagram

What do you think about Drew Basile’s win over Adriana Harmeyer? Are you happy to see Drew make Jeopardy!’s Tournament Of Champions after five wins? Did Ken Jennings’ Survivor joke surprise you? Drop your comments below.

Bonnie Kaiser-Gambill

One Comment

  1. I’m a Jeopardy fan. I watch it to increase my knowledge and record it so I don’t miss an episode. I have my favorite contestants and am sad to see them lose their winning streak when that happens. Drew Basile is one of my favorites. We are also huge Survivor fans and the episodes of each season of that are date nights at our house. I was so happy to see Drew Basile win so much. He was a favorite of ours on Survivor and we were so glad to see him on Jeopardy. I hope if he has student loans from his college education he uses at least some of his winnings to pay down that debt.

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