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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, host of the show, already had to fight for acceptance by her fans. Bialik, for example, was assaulted by fans on social media after she wore the same clothes repeatedly during the program.

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 everyone who attempted to take the place of Trebek faced tough odds.

Current contestant Bonnie Kistler, who is a novelist, chose the category “Ripped From The Headlines” for $400 on the May 24 episode of Jeopardy!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. The median viewer was 70 years old before the show’s modernization.

It’s not the first time the joke about “joint committees” has appeared. Stanley Rosenberg, the Massachusetts Senate President brought up cannabis reform in 2015 and said that joint committees would be used to discuss it. 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, a former host of the show, could also make a few jokes about marijuana.

Marlon Stewe was interviewed The Daily BeastTrebek said that he once got too much hash food and became a complete waste. It’s a common scenario.

“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. It threw me off my feet. I took down about a half-dozen.”

The show’s fans are encouraged to vote for Bialik as host.