On Wednesday evening, a Jeopardy! contestant named Talia won the hearts of the internet with her Final Jeopardy answer “What is the Love Ballad of Turd Ferguson?” referencing Norm Macdonald’s swaggering Saturday Night Live impersonation of Burt Reynolds to a straight-faced Alex Trebek and laughter-stifling audience. As we pointed out last night, it was “one of the finest moments in the history of this or any other game show.” But it gets even better because the reason why Trebek didn’t have a reaction to the joke was because Alex Trebek does not know who Turd Ferguson is.
How is this even possible? How could someone be so blissfully unaware of a beloved series of sketches based on the game show they’ve hosted for over 30 years? E! News tracked down Talia, whose last name is Levin, to speak with her about her now-viral appearance, and she dropped this bombshell:
“He was really deadpan and then actually afterwards there is this moment when Alex talks to the contestants, and he asked me who Turd Furgeson was.”
“I was like, ‘They are from the SNL skits about you.’ He has seen them, but said, ‘I haven’t seen them in a number of years’ and I was like, ‘If I were you I would watch them every day.’ I was like, ‘Come on Trebek.’ He just shook my hand… So I don’t think he got the joke.”
Okay, that was clearly a quick save on Trebek’s part, because if he had watched the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketches, I’m pretty sure he would remember that. Oh my god, please, future Jeopardy! contestants out there, say you’ll take “the rapists” for $200. I promise getting kicked off of Jeopardy! will be worth it.
(Via E! News)