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Jeopardy prank: Alex Trebek says Turd Ferguson in contestant prank

It’s a reference to a classic ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch

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When a Jeopardy! contestant named Talia knew she didn’t have the answer — wait, make that question — she went ahead and played a practical joke on host Alex Trebek.

The final clue, “This song from a 1999 animated film about censorship had a word censored from its Oscar performance,” referred to “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Talia, however, went ahead and wrote down, “What is the love ballad of Turd Ferguson. P.S. Hi Mom,” along with a smiley face and two thumbs up to the camera. The audience laughed and cheered her mock response, even though she lost her $600 earnings with the prank.

Get it? Well, for those who don’t get the “Turd Ferguson” reference, it’s a callback to a classic Saturday Night Live sketch in which Will Ferrell starred as Trebek in Celebrity Jeopardy. One of the contestants, Burt Reynolds (played by Norm MacDonald), insisted on being called “Turd Ferguson.” Because, as he tells the dumbstruck Trebek, “It’s a funny name.” Watch the original below:

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