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Celebrity Jeopardy!

Celebrity Jeopardy! is a special edition of the television game show Jeopardy!, featuring celebrities as Jeopardy! contestants who play for charitable organizations of their choosing (or, in the cases of public officials, relevant charities chosen by Jeopardy!). While exceptions exist (see full listing below), celebrity games have by tradition been broadcast annually as a weeklong event, and on occasion have been called Power Players Week (featuring personalities in politics and journalism).

Each player is guaranteed a minimum winnings amount to distribute to his or her charities, and with a higher guaranteed amount going to each game's winner.

Unlike in regular play, in which a player finishing the Double Jeopardy! Round with a zero or negative score is disqualified from playing Final Jeopardy!, any such player in a celebrity match is granted a nominal score with which to wager for Final Jeopardy!

More recent Celebrity Jeopardy! episodes feature category names that are puns on the celebrity contestants' names and/or works. For example, in a 2006 episode featuring Curt Schilling, Jane Kaczmarek, and Doug Savant, three of the categories were SHILLING, MALCOLM X IN THE MIDDLE, and SAVANTS.

The 2009 Celebrity Jeopardy! competition will be held on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Origins in the Fleming era

The tradition of celebrity matches dates back to the Art Fleming days of Jeopardy! in the 1960s, with appearances by such notable names as Rod Serling, and, for the 2,000th show, Mel Brooks in character as the 2000 Year Old Man. Other notables known to have played the game during the NBC era included game show hosts Bill Cullen, Art James, and Peter Marshall (sometime in the early 1970s).

List of participants

The following is a list of contestants and the charities they played for, arranged per season. Bold indicates the contestant won his or her game.

Theme Contestant Charities
Alex Trebek Era (1984–present)
Season 9 (October 26, 1992October 30, 1992)
Cheech Marin
Carol Burnett amfAR
Regis Philbin Cardinal Hayes High School
Beau Bridges
Robert Guillaume amfAR
Ed Begley Jr. ECO: Earth Communications Office
Emma Samms The Starlight Starbright Foundation
Luke Perry
Donna Mills ECO: Earth Communications Office
Rosie O'Donnell Children of the Night
Alan Rachins
Judith Ivey
Andrew Shue Rock the Vote
Dean Stockwell Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Steven Weber
Season 10 (November 8, 1993November 12, 1993)
Jerry Orbach
Leslie Nielsen
Kelsey Grammer
Pat Sajak
Paula Poundstone
Teri Garr
Tim Daly
Ed Asner
Harry Anderson
Elayne Boosler
Dean Cain
Michael Feinstein
Tabitha Soren
Jay Thomas
Season 11 (November 7, 1994November 11, 1994)
H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Stefanie Powers
Jason Alexander
Marilu Henner
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Alexandra Paul
David Hyde Pierce
Lou Diamond Phillips
Larry King
Markie Post
Tony Randall
Kathy Mattea
Doug Savant
Michael Sabatino
Tim Matheson
Season 12 (November 6, 1995November 10, 1995)
David Duchovny Children's Defense League
Lynn Redgrave Edwin Booth's Place
Preservation Association for Tudor Hall
Stephen King Bangor Public Library
Jeff Foxworthy
LeVar Burton Somalia Foundation
Noah Wyle
Bill Maher
Swoosie Kurtz
Charles Shaughnessy
Melody Thomas Scott Save the Earth Foundation
Dan Jansen Dan Jansen Foundation
Shawntel Smith
Thomas Haden Church
Charles Kimbrough
Yasmine Bleeth
Season 13 (November 11, 1996November 15, 1996, April 28, 1997-May 2, 1997)
Competition 1 Laura Innes
Isaac Mizrahi
Melissa Gilbert
Sandra Bernhard
Beverly Sills
John Mahoney
Carl Lewis
Jon Lovitz
Matthew Fox
Brett Butler
Buzz Aldrin
Eartha Kitt
Robert Loggia
Renee Taylor
Alicia Witt
Competition 2 Mark McEwen
Kirsten Dunst
Sam Waterston
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rob Schneider
Robin Quivers
Chris Hardwick
Sharon Lawrence
Patrick Duffy
Benjamin Salisbury
Carey Lowell
Benjamin Bratt
Reggie White
Donna D'Errico
Mike Piazza
Season 14 (November 17, 1997November 21, 1997, January 23, 1998, March 2, 1998, April 27, 1998May 1, 1998)
Power Players (Power Players Week, in Washington, D.C.) Oliver Stone Rock the Boat
Oliver North Freedom Alliance, Youth for Tomorrow, The Salvation Army
Al Franken Congressional Hunger Center
Tim Russert Boys & Girls Club of Washington D.C.
Jack Ford Alzheimer's Association
Catherine Crier Boys & Girls Club of Westchester County
Dee Dee Myers Share Our Strength
Andrea Mitchell University of Pennsylvania
Tom Clancy The Kyle Foundation
Arianna Huffington Center for Effective Compassion
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Riverkeeper
Jesse Jackson Jr. 2 colleges in Illinois's 2nd congressional district
Wolf Blitzer American Cancer Society
Bill Maher Best Friends Animal Society
Patricia Schroeder Publishers' Literacy
Celebrity Sportscasters Night Greg Gumbel March of Dimes
Jim Lampley
Al Michaels
Celebrity Ladies Night Jane Curtin
Naomi Judd
Teri Garr
Celebrity Invitational Regis Philbin Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation
Jerry Orbach
Cheech Marin
Jason Alexander Scleroderma Research Foundation
Mark McEwen
Robin Quivers Child Abuse Prevention Program
Sinbad Children's Defense Fund
Stephen King YMCA of Bangor, Maine
Jack Ford Women's Center of Monmouth County
Carol Burnett The Hereditary Disease Foundation
Jeri Ryan St. Jude's Hospital
Dan Cortese Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Fred Savage Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Melissa Joan Hart Starbright Foundation
Alicia Witt Covenant House
Olympic Champions Night Rebecca Lobo
Dot Richardson
Summer Sanders
Season 15 (November 6, 1998, February 5, 1999, March 22, 1999, March 29, 1999 April 5, 1999, April 12, 1999, May 17, 1999May 21, 1999)
Leading Men Night Thomas Gibson ASPCA
Stephen Collins Habitat for Humanity, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
David James Elliott The Dream Foundation
Legends in Sports Night Reggie Jackson The Mr. October Foundation for Kids
Martina Navratilova PETA, Kidstuff Foundation
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Athletes & Entertainers for Kids
Celebrity Sportscasters Night Bob Costas
Robin Roberts
Keith Olbermann
Sitcom Stars Night Wallace Langham
Kathy Kinney
Dave Foley
Celebrity Night 1 Scott Hamilton
Greg Germann
Jodi Applegate
Celebrity Night 2 Star Jones
Jeff Greenfield
Al Franken
Celebrity competition Graham Nash
Jane Seymour
Shannon Sharpe
Kari Wührer
Gil Bellows
Alyssa Milano
Holly Robinson Peete
Catherine Bell
Michael McKean
Camryn Manheim
Richard Kind
Mike Farrell
Wendie Malick
Steve Harris
Garry Marshall
Season 16 (November 15, 1999November 19, 1999) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City
Andy Richter Southern Poverty Law Center
Nathan Lane Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Brian Dennehy New York Foundling Hospital
James McDaniel 52nd Street Project
Meredith Vieira Larchmont Friends of the Family
Sandy Duncan Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Jon Stewart American Red Cross
Shawn Colvin NARAS
Rosie O'Donnell Children Have All Rights Legal, Emotional & Educational Foundation of Miami
Carol Burnett Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Peter Krause Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
S. Epatha Merkerson Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Noah Wyle Habitat for Humanity, Best Friends Animal Society
Michael Boatman Port Chester Caver Center, Children's Aid Society
Andrea McArdle Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Season 17 (February 5, 2001February 9, 2001) at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada (first show outside of Culver City studio)
Eric Idle
Martha Stewart
Jeff Probst
Charles Barkley
Jodie Foster
Nathan Lane
Harry Connick, Jr.
Wayne Brady
Dana Delany
Mike Piazza Leiter's Landing
Jane Krakowski
Kevin Sorbo
Steven Page Seeds of Peace
Brandi Chastain Children's Cancer Research Fund
Seth Green Turning Point Transitional Housing
Season 19 (April 28, 2003May 2, 2003)
Wayne Brady
Ashton Kutcher
Hal Sparks
CCH Pounder
Julie Bowen
Chris Matthews La Salle High School, College of the Holy Cross
Paul McCrane Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Vivica A. Fox
Linda Park
Brad Paisley
Will Estes
Lauren Graham Oxfam
Jeff Probst
Joshua Malina
Paige Davis
Season 20 (May 10, 2004May 14, 2004): Power Players Week in Washington, D.C.
Ashleigh Banfield Child Abuse Prevention Center of Dallas
Maria Bartiromo National Italian American Foundation, Columbus Citizen's Foundation
Aaron Brown Make-a-Wish Foundation
Gretchen Carlson MacPhail Center for the Arts, American Cancer Society's Taking A Step
Tucker Carlson American Camp Association, Wawenock Scholarships
Anderson Cooper American Heart Association
Ari Fleischer March of Dimes
Al Franken Congressional Hunger Center
Kweisi Mfume Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland
Peggy Noonan The Sisters of Life
Keith Olbermann Ed Randall's Bat for a Cure
Tim Russert Boys & Girls Club of Washington, D.C.
Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley Foundation
Christine Todd Whitman Upper Raritan Watershed Association, Far Hills Country Day School
Bob Woodward Sidwell Friends School
Season 23 (November 8, 2006November 21, 2006) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
(taped October 5, 2006, October 7, 2006, and October 8, 2006)
Mario Cantone Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Dana Delany Scleroderma Research Foundation
James Denton Peyton Manning's PeyBack Foundation, Mothers Against Cancer benefiting the Texas Children's Cancer Center
Kathryn Erbe JusticeWorks Community
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Miguel Ferrer Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation
Joely Fisher Dream Foundation
Nancy Grace National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Hill Harper MANifest Your Destiny Foundation
Neil Patrick Harris Food On Foot
Jane Kaczmarek Clothes Off Our Back
Carson Kressley The Trevor Project
Drew Lachey American Cancer Society
Susan Lucci Little Flower Children Family Services of New York
Michael McKean National Multiple Sclerosis Society, International Myeloma Foundation
Christopher Meloni Big Apple Circus, Clown Care Program, Montefiore Advocacy Center
Brian Stokes Mitchell The Actors' Fund of America
Isaac Mizrahi ASPCA
Bebe Neuwirth Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Soledad O'Brien Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Hearts of Gold
Regis Philbin Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City
Doug Savant Desi Geestman Foundation
Curt Schilling Curt's Pitch for ALS, SHADE Foundation of America
Steve Schirripa Poly Prep Country Day School, September 11 Memorial Scholarship Fund
Paul Shaffer The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Harry Shearer Tipitina’s Foundation
Martin Short DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame
Harry Smith The Harlem School of the Arts
The Honorable Margaret Spellings ProLiteracy Worldwide
Scott Turow Literacy Chicago, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Sam Waterston Refugees International, Oceana

Season 23 notes

Alex Trebek announced Julie Bowen as a contestant in a KABC 7 news report aired August 12,2006, but she did not appear on the press release of confirmed contestants. Cookbook author Rachael Ray, host of Rachael Ray, did appear on the press release, but did not play; Harry Smith took her place.

The winner's charity is guaranteed at least $50,000, while the charities for the non-winners will be guaranteed at least $25,000. $1,000,000 has been given to the charities of the 30 celebrity participants.


Celebrity Jeopardy! has been spoofed numerous times in Saturday Night Live sketches, with Will Ferrell appearing as Trebek, and SNL cast members and guest hosts impersonating various celebrities. Sean Connery, as portrayed by Darrell Hammond, appeared recurringly, functioning as Trebek's nemesis. In 2001, Jeopardy! acknowledged the spoof by selecting a set of references to the skit, including THERAPISTS (which Connery interpreted as "the rapists") and THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T PUT IN YOUR MOUTH as Double Jeopardy! categories. Will Ferrell's final episode as an SNL cast member featured a Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch in which Trebek himself appeared. Ferrell portrayed Trebek once more in 2005, when Ferrell hosted SNL.

A Celebrity Jeopardy! parody with impersonated celebrities has also been a recurring skit on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. These skits usually include an impersonator playing President George W. Bush as a contestant. Clues are sourced from current events. In a twist on the SNL parody, even when celebrity contestants supply accurate responses, they are judged incorrect, with the given correct response being the punchline of a joke, in the fashion of the answer-and-question format of Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent character.


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