After winning on Friday, Sarah Twilley returns as champion on Jeopardy!; 10 more Californians join her on the show this week!
Here you’ll find Matt Carberry’s analysis, updated weekly, of the media markets that this season’s Jeopardy! contestants represent! (While it seems trivial now, as all 11 contestants this week are from the Los Angeles TV market, this information should become more useful as the season progresses.)
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Why have all players been from California?
That complies with the show’s COVID-19 plan to keep everybody—especially Alex—safe. It would be incredibly risky for contestants to travel from all over the United States to Los Angeles to compete on Jeopardy.
I thought the same thing, then realized that the show probably lags 2 or 3 months before when it is shown, so……middle of quarantine……..all the contestants from one area do make it more one dimensional…….I think the strength of the show is the variety of people, many of these folks also happen to have encyclopedic knowledge……..some of the contestants are weirder than Deadheads….lol……I would love to get stoned and play on this show, when all of my synapses are firing….after some freshly roasted coffee………kick ass…..
Does Jeopardy pay travel expenses for its contestants? I thought that the show was trying to save money by only having SoCal people lately.
No. They do not.
Moreover: This is absolutely not a money-saving venture in any way, shape, or form. This is entirely a health & safety venture, in that it isn’t safe for contestants to travel and potentially spread COVID, especially when Alex Trebek’s health is so compromised as it already is.