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Yesterday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews gave Glenn, Pat and Stu the greatest gift ever by being a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy.

It was just a few short years ago that the pompous Chris Matthews was begging to see Sarah Palin go on Jeopardy claiming she would quite possibly look like “an imbecile” and “doesn’t know anything.”

After playing the audio clip of Matthews’ former comments, Glenn warned that “there’s something bad coming for Chris Matthews,” alluding to his appearance on last night’s episode of Jeopardy. “I can hear the hoof beats getting closer,” he joked.

Well, Glenn was right – it’s not likely that Matthews’ appearance on Jeopardy will be added to his ‘top career moments’. After being announced as a former Jimmy Carter speech-writer (really not the kind of thing most people would want to highlight on their resume), Matthews went on to struggle through the show.

Here’s just one example:

Matthews: “Let’s do it again, 6 letter words for capitals for $600.”

Trebeck: St. Matthews Cathedral is there.

Matthews: Istanbul …What is Istanbul.

Trebeck: No.


Yeah… much to Chris Matthews surprise, Istanbul …not six letters.

“Of course, the eight letter capital Istanbul comes immediately to mind,” Pat joked.

“Let’s see… Istanbul… 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-…yep Istanbul – eight letters,” Glenn added. “I’ll take 6 letter words that I’m going to use eight letter words to answer.”

That’s just one example of the many embarrassing moments Chris Matthews experienced last night. Watch the clip below:

Now, Glenn admitted, Jeopardy is not easy. You have to have a really good memory about a vast array of topics. But, Glenn also never used jeopardy as the test for who is an imbecile or to prove someone “doesn’t know anything.”

Sure, Chris Matthews lost Jeopardy, but that’s not hard to do. Plenty of smart people could lose at Jeopardy, right? You’d have to take a look at the competition to really evaluate how incredibly embarrassing Matthews’ appearance on Jeopardy was. So, who did Chris lose to?

…Robert Gibbs.