Jeopardy! contestant praises Ken Jennings in front of Mayim Bialik as stars battle to be show's permanent host

KEN Jennings won the praise of a contestant on Jeopardy! tonight, even though Mayim Bialik was hosting.

Li-Mae McClellan from St Louis, Missouri, revealed that the former champ had "inspired" her to go to law school.


As Mayim, 46, got to know contestant Li-Mae McClellan, she uncovered an interesting anecdote about the law student.

The Big Bang Theory alum asked: "You had a career change a few years ago, and did it have something to do with Ken Jennings?”

Li-Mae revealed: “It was at a time in my engineering career, I was a little disillusioned, maybe looking for an exit.

“And I just happened to read an article where Ken said he was so glad he got Jeopardy! because he wanted an exit from his career."

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Ken, now 47, previously worked as a software engineer before his rise to fame on the game show.

Li-Mae continued: “And he was ‘so desperate’ he considered law school.

“And I thought ‘Well maybe I’ll go to law school.’”

"And here we are!" remarked Mayim.

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LIFE CHANGING INSPIRATION

It's not the first time that a Jeopardy! host has inspired a player to embark on a career change.

Last month, The Sun shared the story of Jake Houser, who received a piece of life-changing advice from the late Alex Trebek.

When a 12-year-old Jake appeared on Kids' Week during season 21, Alex tried to convince him to change his career plans on national television.

The young egghead had been dreaming of a future in genetics, but the veteran host suggested that he should become a doctor instead.

Nearly 20 years later, Jake now works for a company that develops genetic sequencing tools to help cancer patients find more effective treatments.

Speaking to Jeopardy!’s official website, he said: "Experiences like the interactions I had with Alex remind me of why I wanted to pursue this career in the first place."

THE HOST OF JEOPARDY

Fans are now waiting to learn whether Mayim or Ken will be announced as the new permanent host of Jeopardy!

The former champ is currently on a long hiatus, but will return before the end of the season in July.

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Meanwhile, Mayim's sitcom Call Me Kat has been renewed for a third season, which could pose logistical challenges to her future on the game show.

Viewers have been eagerly sharing their theories about which of the two presenters will become the new host, and whom they would prefer.




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