Jeopardy! fans shade reigning champ’s ‘bizarre’ answer about A-list pop star that leaves host Ken Jennings ‘taken aback’

JEOPARDY! fans have slammed the show’s latest reigning champ over his odd answer about a well-known pop star during Thursday’s show.

Cris Pannullo appeared uncertain of the name of a 28-time Grammy winner but managed to come out with the correct answer.

Jeopardy! fans and host Ken Jennings were taken aback by a reigning champs answer

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Jeopardy! fans and host Ken Jennings were taken aback by a reigning champs answerCredit: ABC
Cris, who has won several games at this point, was asked a question about Beyonce

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Cris, who has won several games at this point, was asked a question about BeyonceCredit: ABC

During the game, Cris opted to answer a question under the musical alter egos category.

The question was: “for a 2008 album this singer declared ‘I am Sasha Fierce’ a more outgoing stage personality.”

He was quick to respond, beating his competitors by a mile.

While Cris appeared to know the answer, he struggled initially to get it all out, saying: “Who is Knowles? Beyonce Knowles.”

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Fans got a kick out of the mishap, taking to Twitter within minutes to react.

“Cris just referred to Beyonce only as ‘Knowles’ in an answer on Jeopardy. That is a #supernerd move. No one refers to her as ‘Knowles.’ Even Ken Jennings seemed taken aback. I salute you, Cris! Nerd on & win!” one fan wrote.

Another user wrote: “Answering ‘who is Knowles’ for Beyoncé is the last way I think anyone is gonna respond on #Jeopardy but you learn a new thing every day I mean he’s right but who calls Bey by her last name in that instance or ever?!”

“Who has ever called Beyonce ‘Knowles’?” a third critic tweeted.

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“Beyonce was the question for an answer on Jeopardy – the contestant said ‘Who is *Knowles*?’ I’ve NEVER heard anyone reference her that way…,” someone else added.

‘UNSTOPPABLE’

After Cris won his fourth game earlier this week, fans deemed him more of a threat than previous champs.

The returning champ faced off against Francis Gomes – a quality assurance technologist from Ontario, Canada – and Tory Martin, a communications and fundraising director from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cris, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey – who earlier revealed his professional poker past – has been dominating since he first arrived on the show last Friday.

He entered Final Jeopardy with $28,800, Tory $7,900, and Francis $5,800.

Because of his humungous lead, the typically game-swaying last round didn’t matter much – which is why fans are buzzing about him.

Final Jeopardy read: “The 1948 edition of this publication said, ‘There will be a day…in the near future when this guide will not have to be published'”

The correct response was “Green Book” which was turned into an Oscar-winning movie.

Only Tory got it, but the book was already closed by that point.

He had what’s called a runaway game, meaning no other player had more than half of his score going into Final Jeopardy – so if he didn’t wager anything over $12999 – which he did not – he’d win, which he did.

TV HISTORY

One fan noted that’s actually been the case with every single one of Cris’ games thus far.

He’s had four runaways on the show – a wide enough lead to have already won before Final Jeopardy, per Daily Box Scores.

The viewer wrote on YouTube: “Fun fact: In James Holzhauer and Amy Schneider’s first five games, [only] four of those were runaways.” 

“To put that into perspective, Amy Schneider’s first game wasn’t a runaway and James Holzhauer’s second game wasn’t a runaway.

“What this means is Cris Pannullo is technically even more unstoppable than James [and] Amy in his first four games,” they claimed.

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“[And] If Cris pulls a runaway off tomorrow, he’ll make history for his first 5 games being runaways.”

Amy won 40 games and 1.3M last season (the second-longest streak ever behind Ken), James 32 games and $2.6M in 2019 (the fourth longest).

He answered by calling her Knowles, which fans got a kick out of

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He answered by calling her Knowles, which fans got a kick out ofCredit: Getty
Viewers have touted Cris as a threat, noting that he's performed better than other stars

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Viewers have touted Cris as a threat, noting that he’s performed better than other starsCredit: ABC
Cris recently revealed he's a professional poker player

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Cris recently revealed he’s a professional poker playerCredit: ABC

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