In case you were wondering, Ken Jeong is fully aware that he’s the “dumbest judge” on Fox’s mystery competition show “The Masked Singer.”
“To be on a show like ‘The Masked Singer’ is just such an honor. I mean really, no one knew it would be this big or this popular. And then, no one also knew that I would be the dumbest judge on that show,” Jeong told Jimmy Fallon on Monday night’s “The Tonight Show.”
“I didn’t know that was my legacy. You know you’re stupid when you think the poodle is Dog the Bounty Hunter. And I wish that was a joke,” he continued. “Well, that’s the arc of my life — I got paid as a doctor to be smart, and now I’m paid way more to be stupid. That’s just insane. Stupid sells, baby!”
Jeong also assured Fallon that the judges really are kept in the dark about the true identity of the contestants leading up to each episode.
“There’s a whole method. It’s like two separate shows going on. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t know who the contestants are,” he said.
“The contestants have to wear black hoodies and black visors and black t-shirts that say ‘Don’t look at me,'” he continued. “And their agents, publicists, their whole squad, they have to wear masks, just in case, let’s say we have the same agent or something like that, we don’t know who anybody is.”
“The Masked Singer” returns Feb. 2 right after Super Bowl LIV. Jamie Foxx is set to appear on the third season premiere.
“He lit up the show,” Jeong says of Foxx. “It’s the best show we’ve ever done, and it’s not because it’s the Super Bowl. I’m just happy that we’re following the Super Bowl so everyone can see that episode.”
All 38 2020 Oscar-Nominated Features, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
- Warner Bros.
- Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Lionsgate
- Allen Fraser/20th Century Fox
- DreamWorks Animation
- Warner Bros.
- Focus Features
- Orlando Brito/Netflix
- David Hindley/LD/Roadside
- Film Movement
- Merrick Morton/Fox
- Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures
- Claire Folger/Lionsgate
- National Geographic
- Sony Pictures Classics
- Eric Chakeen/A24
- Fox Searchlight
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