JEOPARDY! fans said they “will miss” three-day champ Yungshen’s “wild fashion pattern” on Thursday. He shockingly
JEOPARDY! fans said they “will miss” three-day champ Yungshen’s “wild fashion pattern” on Thursday.
He shockingly lost in an otherwise “awkward” Mayim Bialik-hosted game.
Host Mayim Bialik was slammed as ‘awkward’ on July 7th[/caption]
Mayim, 46, is hosting Jeopardy! after Ken Jennings’ earlier stretch and his announcement he’d be out for “months.”
Indeed, he wasn’t exaggerating as it’s the actress’ eighth straight week and he’s set to return on July 18th per TV listings.
Tonight, Yungsheng Wang – a Los Angeles, California Public Defender – could not defend his title, losing his fourth game in a shocking finish.
But fans lamented especially since he scored points online with quite the wild streak – of fashion.
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Yungsheng wore different bowties for all four of his games.
He matched them with silver-grey suits and during his final match tonight, went with a plaid option.
“I’m going to miss Yungsheng and his attire from the Brad Rutter collection,” one fan wrote on YouTube.
“Damn, I was really rooting for our returning champion,” wrote another.
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“I appreciate that he has gone all in on the bow tie brand. I do love a champ with a consistent aesthetic!” wrote a third.
“Yungsheng is one dapper m*fo,” wrote a fourth with un-gameshow-like language.
The sartorial sensation got off to a solid start, in the lead after the first 15 clues.
However, new contestant Brian Ahern came to play and nabbed a $4,600 True Daily Double.
Going into Final Jeopardy, Yungsheng was still in a massive lead with $22K, but he wasn’t clued in to the correct response: “Sherlock Holmes.”
Brian had $13,400, but smartly if jarringly wagered it all – he answered correctly and won with $26.8K.
Other well-dressed – or at least interestingly dressed – contestants this past few weeks included a fellow in a Sasquatch shirt, a player who seemed to be wearing a running outfit, and one who incredibly revealed she knitted her own sweater.
Yungsheng also gained buzz for his “over-the-top” energy this week.
During his first win, he held his mouth agape for multiple seconds, panted, and ducked behind his podium as he was declared victor – internet users had never seen such a thing.
“That guy might want to cut back on his caffeine intake,” one YouTuber wrote on Monday.
“I like his enthusiasm. At least he’s interesting unlike the series of white bread contestants they’ve had lately.” wrote another.
The player revealed he has a tattoo that reads “live every day to the fullest” and indeed seemed to do just that on stage even if he doesn’t qualify to return for the Tournament of Champions.
“Damn Yungsheng…….smh! Really wanted him to win the 5-game minimum to make it to the TOC. Oh well…” wrote another.
Mayim did not fare as well tonight with critics, though she does have many – more viewers clocked her “tedious” timing with ruling on responses.
“How much longer for this host? It’s getting awkward and tedious to listen to her,” a YouTuber ripped tonight.
“WTF is up with her extended delay before saying ‘Correct?’ Throws off the tempo of the competition.”
Hundreds of fans have felt after two straight months, that Mayim has not found the rhythm it takes to host such a complex show.
They have nit-picked her pattern of only replying “that is correct!” at responses, wavering on when to let unspecific half-correct responses fly, laughing in the face of “True Daily Doubles” and not being able to connect with players during the Q&A portions.
None of this is easy, but it’s also a job fans feel Ken can do, at least better.
Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.
The permanent hosting decision is still on the board and is said to be sealed by the end of Season 38 this month.
Between them, fans largely prefer the alum after a season of shared hosting as games run more smoothly under him.
Ken famously won the most games ever in 2004 – 74 straight – and to many seems like the natural successor to Alex Trebek having bonded with the late legend.
The show’s ratings nearly doubled to 9.7M viewers when Ken made his first appearance.
When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and indeed, she hasn’t bested Ken’s ratings since during Season 38.
Mayim faced fan fury when a player’s signature was ruled too sloppy in FJ though she had seemingly written “Harriet Tubman.”
And last month – though not the actress-turned host’s fault – there was ironically a typo in Final Jeopardy just days after the spelling snub which couldn’t have come at a worse time.
She also recently made an off-color joke about marijuana and seemed to recently misunderstand the legacy of the band Queen as well as announcing score corrections stopping gameplay regularly.
Since then, he’s been ‘lei-ing’ low in Hawaii and at home in Seattle, Washington – though he’s said he’s already been tapped to tape more episodes for Season 39.
One possibility that has been implied by execs is that the actress could simply host spinoffs soon, perhaps with Buzzy Cohen.
Another clue was that Ken accepted a 2022 Daytime Emmy award in June alone without Mayim, who also wasn’t in its montage – and she has her sitcom renewed.
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After Ken shared on his podcast he was filming more Jeopardy! episodes that could only be for next season, it’s come down to either a co-host contiuantion or himself solo.
New champ Brian will go for win number two tomorrow night.
Despite losing tonight in the last seconds, Yungsheng endeared Jeopardy! fans with a ‘wild pattern’ – he wore different bowties every night[/caption]
After another ‘awkward’ game from Mayim with ‘bad pacing,’ many fans cannot wait for Ken Jennings to return on July 18th[/caption]