Jeopardy! Champions Stand with Writers: Will Season 40 Happen?

With the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on strike, the future of the iconic game show, Jeopardy!’s 40th season is enveloped in a cloud of uncertainty. The situation is further complicated by the pledge of past champions who have voiced their solidarity with the show’s writers and their intention not to participate in the annual “Tournament of Champions” if the strike continues into the fall.

Champions in Solidarity

Among the champions expressing support is 13-time winner, Ray LaLonde. LaLonde, a committed member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), shared his resolution on Reddit to stand with the show’s writers, emphasizing their crucial role in the success of the show and their right to fight for fair contracts.

The Domino Effect

LaLonde’s announcement sparked a domino effect among other champions, with several echoing his sentiment and vowing not to cross the picket line. Champions like six-time winner Troy Meyer, nine-time winner Ben Chan, Cris Pannullo, and Hannah Wilson, have taken a firm stand by refusing to participate in games that would merely recycle old clues.

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Fan Speculations and Support

In response to this unprecedented stance, fans have taken to the internet to voice their speculations about the possible effects on Jeopardy! Season 40, slated for September. Many support the champions’ decision and believe that holding the tournament without a significant number of top players would be futile.

The Voice of the Writers

Hollywood writers, including those penning Jeopardy! clues, have been on strike since May following an unsuccessful attempt to secure a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The writers argue the show would be an “empty blue screen” without their input, emphasizing their fundamental role in the game show’s operation.

Show Hosts Show Support

Interestingly, the show’s hosts have also shown support for the writers. Mayim Bialik, who co-hosts the trivia show with Ken Jennings, reportedly showed her solidarity by absenting herself from the final week of season 39. This underlines that the solidarity with the writers extends beyond just the champions, potentially adding another layer of complexity to the upcoming season.

The solidarity pledge by the champions of Jeopardy! signals a unique turn of events in the history of the game show. The situation underscores the importance of writers in the entertainment industry and further highlights the need for fair contracts for all members involved in show production. As fans, champions, and hosts eagerly await the resolution of the WGA strike, the future of Jeopardy! Season 40 hangs in balance.


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