- Ever since his Oct. 30 appearance on the show, the Indian American comedian has received a lot of criticism for his overexcited antics and showboating on his fellow contestants.
Hasan Minhaj has apologized for his outlandish behavior on a recent episode of “Celebrity Jeopardy! The Indian American comedian received a lot of flak from the classic game show fans.
“I have this unique power to piss off dedicated nerds,” he told host Jimmy Fallon on the Nov. 4 episode of “The Tonight Show.” He took the opportunity to ”apologize to the fans of the show. “I’m sorry I desecrated an American institution. I’m sorry I ripped your 7 p.m. linear TV pacifier out of your geriatric mouth. And most importantly, I’m sorry for trying to make Jeopardy fun.”
Ever since his Oct. 30 appearance on the show, Minhaj has received a lot of criticism for his overexcited antics and showboating on his fellow contestants Wil Wheaton from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and Troian Bellisario from “Pretty Little Liars.”
Minhaj didn’t upset just the fan, but “Jeopardy!” producers were not happy either, reported the U.S. Sun. On a recent episode of “Inside Jeopardy! podcast, executive producer Mike Davies was joined by producer Sarah Foss and alum Buzzy Cohen. “I think Hasan knew a lot of stuff, but next time, maybe we will see a more composed Hasan,” Cohen said according to The Sun. “I hope he comes back [if they invite him for a second time].”
Further explaining his behavior on the show, Minhaj told Fallon that he was “just playing with vigor and passion. Noting that Jeopardy is “an entirely different game when you’re playing in real life and not on your couch,” he explained: “But you don’t know what that game does to you in the arena.”
He also claimed that his buzzer was “janky,” and that host Mayim Bialik didn’t help him in his time of need. “History will vindicate me,” he joked.
Minhaj, who was raising funds for the International Relief Committee for the floods in Pakistan, came in third, while Wheaton won the episode. Comparing the show to American elections, he said “there’s no second or third place, so it incentivizes bad behavior. If you’re second or third, you gotta give all the other contestants the smoke. I’m sorry. I gotta kamikaze-mission you.”
Fallon shared some of the tweets that ripped Minhaj’s performance on the show, including the one calling him the “most annoying” and “one of the worst contestants ever.” Reacting to that tweet, Mihaj told Fallon that it “hurt, because, you know, the show’s been on for over 58 years, and they’ve had 15,000 contestants on the show. And Dr. Oz was a contestant.”
He concluded that he needs to go to “a place where the unhinged are accepted. Where the eccentric are allowed. Where cocaine consumption is encouraged. Jimmy, that is why next summer, I, Hasan Minhaj, will be taking my talents to ‘The Price is Right.’”