“Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” contestant Ken Jennings doesn’t just have a winning streak.
He has a blue one, too.
Fans learned of his saucy side Thursday night when fellow GOAT competitor James Holzhauer, 35, conceded that night’s loss to Jennings, 45, by writing on Twitter, “My wife is going to make me roleplay as @KenJennings tonight.”
Jennings posted a salacious reply to the Las Vegas-based professional gambler. “It’s all about timing on the button,” he tweeted to Holzhauer, referencing both the hand buzzer used on the show and a cheeky allusion to an area of the female anatomy.
Fans replied to Jennings with a string of every imaginable celebratory GIF available, as others weighed in with their own thoughts on the ribald rebuttal.
“Ken with another win lol,” proclaimed Twitter user Scott Jalbert.
“Hopefully she’ll get lucky and James will give her a daily double,” joked another, referencing a challenge in the game.
One commenter offered that geeks never get enough credit for their bedroom skills, saying, “I keep telling people that appropriately motivated nerds are the best lovers, but nobody believes me…”
And Jennings’ retort was applauded by another Twitter user, who suggested that if the Brigham Young University grad kept that line of humor going, “they’re going to reclassify BYU as a party school.” (Brigham Young is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.)
“Not nearly as awkward as when Ken’s wife made him role play as Watson,” said another poster, referencing the IBM commuter that faced off with — and defeated — Jennings and fellow “GOAT” competitor Brad Rutter in a big 2011 showdown on the series.
Jennings, Holzhauer and Rutter, 41, are battling in the tournament for “GOAT” bragging rights. Each night, the players compete in two back-to-back half-hour games, with each’s total winnings added together. The one with the most money each night gets a point, and the first one to hit three points will win $1 million and the “GOAT” title.
On Thursday night, Jennings landed his second win in the “Jeopardy! Greatest of all Time” tournament, nabbing $67,600. Holzhauer landed $33,692 for second place with Rutter in third with $23,467. Jennings eked out a first night win Tuesday with $63,400 and Holzhauer finishing close behind with $63,200. Rutter ended up with $10,400 in that first matchup. Holzhauer won Wednesday, the second night, with an $82,414 haul. That leaves Jennings in the tournament lead with two points and only one point away from claiming the “GOAT” title.
Alex Trebek, who is hosting the show despite waging a fight with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, marveled at the significant matchup. “Welcome to what we believe will be the greatest ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament ever,” he said on the opening night. “For the first time in 36 years, we have gathered the three best players on the same stage.”
The “Greatest of All Time” competition continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (7 p.m. Central and Mountain) on ABC.