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Weed Joke on Jeopardy! Triggers Viewers

After fans react to a comment on a recent cannabis joke, he is now the centre of controversy. Jeopardy! episode. It is frequently the subject of strange controversies that affect its older viewers, apparently invented from nothing.

Jeopardy! Mayim Bialik was already facing a difficult battle to get fans to accept her. Bialik, for example, was taken to task on social media by fans after she wore the same clothes on several occasions on the show.

Bialik took over the hosting duties of Alex Trebek in 2020 and was also a co-host of another game show. Jennings won 74 consecutive episodes of the show—the longest streak the show has ever seen. Nearly all show hosts faced difficult odds in trying to replace Trebek.

Current contestant Bonnie Kistler, who is a novelist, chose the category “Ripped From The Headlines” for $400 on the May 24 episode of Jeopardy!broadcasted as Season 38 Episode 182.

Contestants were confronted with the phrase, “Marijuana issues sent to this ‘committee’ generally composed of members of both houses of a legislature.”

Contestant Ryan Long, who is the current reigning champion of the show, guessed “What is a bipartisan committee?” but he guessed incorrectly. Long, a Rideshare driver and winner of 12 consecutive episodes, is unbeaten.

Jeopardy! co-host Bialik said the correct question was “What is a joint committee?”

Bialik added “Get it?” with a snicker, referring to the double meaning and drawing some guarded laughter from the crowd.

Even the slightest allusion to the “devil’s lettuce” is enough to stir controversy to the show’s fans, who are typically older in age. 2011. Newsweek reported that the show’s median viewer was 65 years old—after the show spent years modernizing. Prior to that, the average viewer age was 70.

It’s not the first time the joke about “joint committees” has appeared. Stanley Rosenberg (Massachusetts Senate President) brought up the topic of cannabis reform, noting that the item would be discussed in joint committees. Rosenberg said, “That’s really funny. I didn’t try to be funny. They are called joint committees.”

While the joke was well received by most viewers, some Twitter users weren’t having it—slamming the show as well as Bialik, who wasn’t being easily accepted anyways. One Twitter user wrote, “Oh, but won’t the #Jeopardy writers PLEASE think of the children watching, and their delicate ears that were just exposed to a cannabis reference?” referring to an oft-cited The Simpsons episode.

Fans already begged Bialik to be “considerate of the kids” regarding adult themes. A user replied, pointing out that alcohol is much more harmful than marijuana. “ignorant jokes like yours don’t help.”

Alex Trebek was a late show host who could make jokes about cannabis.

Marlon Stowe interviewed you The Daily BeastTrebek recalls a time when he was too full on hash-eatings and ended up getting hungover. That is how it can happen, as we all know.

“It was by accident! I didn’t know what they were,” Trebek said. “I had just arrived in California and went to a friend’s house for dinner, and there were brownies. I love brownies—I’m a chocoholic—and I didn’t realize that they were hash brownies. And… whoa. This threw my mind off balance. I took down about a half-dozen.”

We urge fans of the show to support Bialik and Jennings as they become new host.