The competition over who will become the new Jeopardy! host could be turning into a battle royale!
Jennings, 46, who holds the quiz show's longest winning streak, "is the fan-favorite, but producers are on the fence about him because of his unfortunate social media comments," continues the source. "And Dr. Oz still thinks he has a fighting chance, even though many viewers want him out."
In February, former competitors started a petition to get the 60-year-old booted from the lineup due to his past promotion of controversial therapies.
Adds the source: "This rivalry is only going to get uglier until producers make up their minds and pick someone." Talk about cutthroat!
In 2014, Jennings had a run with his opinions online — one of his hurtful tweets read, "Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair." Jennings apologized for that tweet in 2018, saying that it was a joke that was wrongly interpreted and read plainly.
"On social media over the years I feel like I have a pretty good track record, but there were certainly times when I got a little hot-headed about the events of the day and didn't take a second to cool down before tweeting, or I had an off-the-cuff thought that seemed like a funny joke in my head and then looked awful when I saw it on the screen," he told McCain.
"Those are easy mistakes to me, but I really regret them because it's really easy to just take a second and think through before you put something on the internet for millions of people and that is kind of how I want to be moving forward," he added.