Ken Jennings needs to get a clue — and a new pizza restaurant, according to aficiona-doughs.
The “Jeopardy!” host found himself in a fine mess for declaring his “most controversial take on-stage ever” — that pineapple belongs on pizza.
The decadent debacle began when contestant David Stiasny — a pediatrician from Highland Park, Ill. — buzzed in for the category “A Pineapple” on Tuesday’s episode.
“A BBC article headlined ‘Pineapple on’ this said, ‘It’s the food choice that seems to divide the world,” Jennings read. Stiasny — facing reigning champ Cris Pannullo and software engineer Etienne Lepine — declared, “What is pizza?”
“Pineapple on pizza, yes. And I can resolve the controversy, it’s delicious,” Jennings said of the correct $200 answer, while Stiasny visibly cringed at the host’s pie-in-the-sky theory.
The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account posted a meme of the on-air incident with the caption, “Controversy solved,” but it stoked the flames of the age-old debate over fruit on a slice.
“No it’s not. Pineapple and ham do not in any way belong on pizza. Not even in Hawaii,” one user argued defiantly, standing her ground.
“Yuck,” another simply wrote.
“KEN IS WRONG! PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA IS SACRILEGIOUS!” exclaimed
“Still the worst take ever,” another pizza snob agreed.
“This just in: ‘@Jeopardy ratings drop after @KenJennings endorses the unthinkable,’” one user quipped.
Endorsing the forbidden fruit isn’t the worst of Jennings’ on-screen crimes, according to diehard “Jeopardy!” fans.
Perhaps the most egregious blunder was when he allowed a contestant to correct a wrong answer.
It seemed as though Jennings, who splits his hosting duties with Mayim Bialik, was playing favorites, allowing the champ to fix his slip-up, but not other players when they committed an error.
Meanwhile, Jennings, 48, made viewers cringe this summer when he delivered a “painful,” crude quip about circumcision. Then this month, he cursed after accidentally spoiling an answer.
“I mean, I had played so many games right here that I thought ‘I have a pretty good sense of what hosting is going to be like,’ and then you realize hosting’s even harder because you basically have to do everything the contestants do, plus manage the game for them, plus manage the game for the home viewer,” Jennings previously admitted to “Good Morning America.”
Since Alex Trebek passed away two years ago, it seems the show has gone tragically downhill, with one gaffe after another. The show’s producers misspelled an Edgar Allan Poe quote and recently angered audiences by using Brian Laundrie, who killed his girlfriend Gabby Petito last year, as a prompt.