Jeopardy!, the long-running Sony Pictures Television quiz show, in featuring familiar faces --- many seen on TV --- as special contestants last week, unexpectedly also served as a battleground between NBC (with “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno getting into the fray later in the week), and Fox News, notes Grumpy Editor.
It started with NBC’s Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” who flunked in his Monday appearance, winding up last with $2,300, in appearing with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Lizzie O’Leary of CNN.
Wednesday’s session featured Fox News host Chris Wallace, who bagged $22,400, topping fellow contestants BBC World News America host Katty Kay and Dr. Oz host Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The Fox News website trumpeted Wallace’s win and mentioned, “This followed Monday's abysmal performance by MSNBC's Chris Matthews.”
Leno, on his Thursday night NBC show fired back, describing Matthews as “a political junky, clever guy” who “got his ass kicked on ‘Jeopardy’ and “was so embarrassed.”
Then Leno hastily added, “The good news: he got so many facts wrong, today he was offered a job at Fox News.”