James Holzhauer Isn’t Impressed With ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ Lineup

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A new group of celebrities will have a shot at a million bucks for charity when Celebrity Jeopardy! returns on Wednesday, September 27, but Jeopardy! Masters champ James Holzhauer is not impressed with the lineup.

The self-confessed game show supervillain took to social media on Thursday, September 14, to poke fun at the promo for the upcoming celebrity spinoff.

“Cool teaser but where are the celebrities,” he tweeted.


The lineup revealed earlier this week includes stars from the likes of Law & Order: Organized CrimeGhosts, Schitt’s CreekAbbott Elementary, and more.

Christopher MeloniLisa Ann WalterMark DuplassSherri ShepherdDulé HillMira SorvinoTimothy SimonsUtkarsh AmbudkarSteven Weber, Emily Hampshire, and Katie Nolan are the 11 celebs named so far.

Some fans think this is a downgrade from last season, which included the likes of Patton Oswalt, Constance Wu, Ray Romano, Michael Cera, Hasan Minhaj, Simu Liu, and eventual winner Ike Barinholtz.

“I know Sherri Shepherd. That’s it,” one fan replied to Holzhauer’s tweet, while another said, “I recognize two people, even after looking up a list lol.”

“The last celeb jeopardy final lineup is hard to top for any edition before or after,” added another commenter.

“Katie Nolan and Mark Duplass are treasures but yeah this is pretty bad for a celeb tourney,” said one viewer.

“I can’t wait to see more recognizable celebrities… because a lot of these people I’ve never seen before,” wrote another.

“Really bending the definition of “celebrity,” tweeted one fan.

Others were more lenient, with one fan writing, “Ummm Mira Sorvino is very well known and an Oscar winner. I also know Mark Duplass. Not as good a roster as last season of Celebrity Jeopardy! but consistent with previous years.”

Another took a cheeky shot at the Jeopardy! super-champ, writing, “Pop culture always was your weakest category, I suppose.”

Ken Jennings will be hosting the new season of Celebrity Jeopardy!, taking over from Mayim Bialik, who continues to sit out in solidarity with the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes.

Celebrity Jeopardy!, Season 2, Premiere, Wednesday, September 27, ABC