Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 Episode 3: Why do fans think Jalen Rose was not “even playing” the game?

Jalen Rose participated in Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 Episode 3
Jalen Rose participated in Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 Episode 3 (Image via Tyler Golden/ABC)

Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 aired Episode 3 on Sunday, October 9, featuring Jalen Rose against Ike Barinholtz and Constance Wu.

The latest episode was quite predictable as Ike was leading in the game from the start. The Mindy Project actor bagged $46,001 and won, while Constance and Jalen’s respective total scores amounted to zero dollars.

Viewers felt that Jalen was not "even playing" the game because he answered minimal questions. Although Constance lost the game, she was seen attempting multiple questions. Jalen, on the other hand, was not even pressing his signaling device.

Jalen Rose is the host and analyst for ESPN. He is also an author and philanthropist, and participated in the game show for a charity called Operations Graduation.

Celebrity Jeopardy! fans call Jalen Rose “stupid” and “terrible”

Jalen Rose delivered only four correct answers in Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 Episode 3. He attempted a total of 10 questions, out of which six were incorrect. Thus, his score before the final round was negative, and stood at -$1,300.

Fans felt that he was not even trying to participate and didn't show any enthusiasm while playing the game. Take a look at fans’ reaction:

Since Jalen was a celebrity, the game show didn’t want him out of the final Jeopardy round. So they added $1,000 to his total score, allowing him to play the final round. He wagered all the money and unfortunately lost the bet.

Although his total score was zero, the show didn’t let the losing contestant go home empty-handed. As the stars participated for a good cause, Celebrity Jeopardy! awarded Jalen and Constance $30,000, respectively.

Who went to Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 semi-finals?

Actor Ike Barinholtz won Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 Episode 3 and thus earned a spot in the semi-finals.

He will return next Sunday, October 16, 2022, on ABC at 8 pm ET to compete against previous episode winners in the show’s first round of semi-finals. The other two players will be Episode 1 winner Simu Liu and Episode 2 winner Iliza Shlesinger.

Judging by the way the three contenders played their respective games, Ike has the most potential to win the upcoming game. Those who have watched the previous episodes know that Simu won his game via sheer luck. Throughout Episode 1, comedian Andy Richter won all three rounds, except for the final round that went to Simu.

In Episode 2, Iliza played well and thus could be a tough competitor against Ike in the semi-finals.

In Episode 3, Ike confessed that he was a huge fan of Jeopardy! and has been watching it since he was a child. In fact, he admitted that he practiced with the “pen-clicking” method before coming on the show.

His opponents in the latest episode were seen struggling to score and went home empty-handed in the final round.

The official synopsis of the episode read:

“On the last quarterfinal round of the ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ season, celebrities Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) and Jalen Rose (ESPN sports analyst) test their knowledge while battling for the final spot in the Semifinal round.”

The host of the game show was Mayim Bialik, who joined the Jeopardy family last year. She will soon be seen hosting Jeopardy! Season 39, which is currently hosted by Ken Jennings.

Meanwhile, viewers can watch a new episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! Season 1 every Sunday on ABC at 8 pm ET.

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Edited by Sushmita Sen
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