You may remember Ken Jennings from Jeopardy, where he held the champion position for 74 games straight until Nancy Zerg beat him during his 75th game on the show. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennings earned a total of $3 million from his stint on the show. Other game shows that Jennings has appeared on include 1 vs. 100 and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? And, now, Jennings is taking on 500 Questions.
After Jennings ended his reign on Jeopardy, he was offered several endorsement deals and almost had his own show. However, he didn’t quit his job until he got a book deal. In an interview with Mental Floss, Jennings said:
Ken Jennings vs. the Rest of the World is a quiz show that Who Wants to be a Millionaire? producer Michael Davies and I were developing for Comedy Central. Comedy Central liked the show, but didn’t really have a timeslot for it anymore, so we’ve been shopping it around elsewhere. I don’t know if it’ll ever see air, but, as a big game show fan myself, I’d love to do my part to revive the American game show. It’s sort of a struggling genre at the moment.
Well, it looks like Jennings’ show, unfortunately, never aired. As for what Jennings and his family were up to when he first went on Jeopardy, he told USA Today:
We were actually sort of poor at the time. We had a very old, very crappy TV, and I went out and bought a big widescreen TV so I could see every pore of Alex Trebek, which is my dream.
Currently, Jennings lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Mindy Boam, and their two children. When Jennings is not conquering game shows, he works as an author and a computer scientist.
500 Questions begins tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.