“CNN should consider banning its anchors from appearing on “Celebrity Jeopardy” after the humiliating defeats of Wolf Blitzer and Soledad O’Brien.”

So says the NY Post.

Wolf was blitzed last month, coming in last with minus-$4,600, behind comic Andy Richter, a past winner who racked up $68,000 for charity. “Desperate Housewives” star Dana Delany came in second. This month, it was O’Brien’s turn against NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Michael McKean, of “Spinal Tap,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Saturday Night Live.” McKean, a previous winner, ended with $24,800, followed by Abdul Jabbar with $8,800 and O’Brien with $6,200. A CNN insider defended the journalists: “They are reporters, not trivia experts. And the buzzer is complicated. It’s not activated until Alex [Trebek] finishes the last syllable of the question. If you hit the button too soon, nothing happens.” 

I love Jeopardy, and I especially love the celebrity ones; they give me a great ego boast since the questions are so easy.  I caught the episode with Wolf, and I told my husband at the beginning that he should absolutely nail it; after all, half of the Jeopardy questions are things that appear in the news, like current events and pop culture.  Even if he did nothing but just get exposed to these things, he should do great.  Boy, was I wrong!  (Andy Richter, however, was almost KenJenningsishly great.)

And I love the excuse at the end: Well, the buzzer is complicated.  I mean, it’s not like any of the other contestants who kicked these folks’ bottoms had to deal with the super-complicated buzzer.


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