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Camas mom appears on ‘Jeopardy!’

The Columbian
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CAMAS: Jennifer Leong Evans, a stay-at-home mom from Camas, placed third on a "Jeopardy!" episode that aired on April 9 with guest host Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
CAMAS: Jennifer Leong Evans, a stay-at-home mom from Camas, placed third on a "Jeopardy!" episode that aired on April 9 with guest host Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Photo Gallery

CAMAS — A stay-at-home mother from Camas appeared on “Jeopardy!,” the popular quiz show in its 37th season of syndication. Entertaining 24 million viewers each week, the episode featuring Jennifer Leong Evans aired on April 9 on ABC.

Though she placed third with $1,000, Evans said she “had a wonderful time doing the show” and that meeting Aaron Rodgers, one of the show’s latest guest hosts as it searches for a permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek, was “a huge thrill.” Trebek died in November 2020; Evans originally was supposed to be on the show with him.

“I was rescheduled to tape the show on Nov. 9, 2020. He died the day before; I found out while I was sitting in PDX airport waiting to fly there to be on the show,” she said. “That was very upsetting.”

After taking the show’s online test in January 2020, Evans assumed nothing would actually come of it — but she was called back after two auditions. Evans said doing it during the pandemic was “pretty different from normal and pretty crazy.”

Originally from Hawaii, she lived in Los Angeles for 16 years and moved to Camas with her family in 2017.

“I would encourage anyone to take the online test and try out,” Evans said in an email. “You never know what could happen.”

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