VIDEO: Howard and Jon Hein Still Can’t Settle Years-Old ‘Jeopardy!’ Bet

“I find this whole argument annoying — send me the money,” Stern Show Staffer Memet Walker says of disagreement

January 10, 2024

It’s been more than three years since legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek passed away and Howard and Stern Show staffer Jon Hein can’t agree on the bet they made over his replacement. On Tuesday, Howard recounted how, during his obituary for Trebek, Jon bet him $100 that record-breaking contestant Ken Jennings would get the coveted gig. After the show was briefly hosted by former executive producer Mike Richards, and with the recent news that Jennings has the job permanently after co-host Mayim Bialik stepped down from her position, Jon argued that he is owed the money.

“It’s not like Mayim Bialik was fired or deselected, she stepped away because of the writers’ strike and now they’ve decided that Ken is the permanent host,” co-host Robin Quivers remarked after hearing the summation. “The bet has to end at some point.”

“It’s not about the $100, it’s about the fact that Ken Jennings … he’s always had the job,” Jon countered.

“If four years from now Ken Jennings is not the host, do I get my money back?” Howard wondered in response.

After more back and forth and with no resolution in sight, Howard turned to other staffers for a final judgement. “I think you’re both nerds,” Memet Walker deemed. “I find this whole argument annoying — send me the money.”

When executive producer Gary Dell’Abate cited a 2021 article reporting Richards and Bialik as the permanent co-hosts, JD Harmeyer made an official ruling. “In that case, the evidence goes towards Howard,” he said before deciding Howard as the winner.

“JD was clearly strong-armed,” Jon claimed before reluctantly offering to give Howard the money.

“I don’t want it — send it to charity,” Howard insisted.

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