You knew it was going to happen sooner or later.
Aaron Rodgers dropped a Turd Ferguson reference on his second night as guest host of “Jeopardy!”
It came up during the contestant chat on Tuesday when Rodgers was talking with returning champ Brandon Deutsch.
“It says here when you were 4 months old Burt Reynolds — or was it Turd Ferguson — was holding you at some point?” Rodgers asked, furrowed brow for added effect.
The name, of course, comes from a “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketch on “Saturday Night Live” in which Norm Macdonald’s gum-chewing Burt Reynolds character changed his name on the podium to Turd Ferguson.
It turns out Deutsch, as an infant, sat next to Reynolds on a flight.
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It was a bit of a full-circle moment for Rodgers and Ferguson.
In 2015, when Rodgers competed on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” he wrote down “Who Is Turd Ferguson” for Final Jeopardy! during rehearsals. When he won that show, he tweeted after it aired: “Had a blast on @Jeopardy checking off another bucket list item. Should have said turd ferguson on final jeopardy though.”
On Tuesday, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula also came up in Rodgers’ conversation with attorney Chris Hammer, who said he was training for a 31-mile marathon there. Sadly, no shoutout from Rodgers to the “U.P.,” the local shorthand for the region north of Wisconsin.
But he did give props to Brett Favre without mentioning him by name in the opening of the show in which he talked about filling in for the late Alex Trebek.
“Following in the footsteps of a legend is something that I know a little bit about, and I learned the best way to honor their legacy is to put in the work and deliver at the highest level. So, over the next two weeks, I hope I can make Alex proud,” Rodgers said.
USA TODAY currently has Rodgers in the middle of the pack in its best-to-worst ranking of the five guest hosts so far — ahead of Dr. Mehmet Oz (5) and Katie Couric (4) but behind Ken Jennings (2) and Mike Richards (1).
“If you ever wondered what it might be like for a very chill, very friendly bro to host the game show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is here for you,” Kelly Lawler wrote. He gets props for his “extremely relaxed and genial presence” but his approach at times is “a little too casual.”
For viewers wondering what Rodgers said as the closing credits music played to contestant Scott Shewfelt, who humorously played the “Who wanted to kick the field goal?” card during Final Jeopardy! on Monday night’s episode, “Jeopardy!” released a clip of that exchange.
Rodgers earned another $27,401 from Tuesday’s episode for his designated charity, the North Valley Community Foundation in his hometown of Chico, California.
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