It was suspenseful until the final answer. But at the end of the fourth episode of Jeopardy’s Greatest of All Time tournament, the world now knows who truly is the best player out there.
And yes, that player is Ken Jennings.
“It has taken 15 years for Ken Jennings to finally answer the question, ‘Is he as good as he appeared to be in that great run on Jeopardy?’” game show host Alex Trebek said after Jennings big win on Tuesday (Jan. 14.)
For four nights, Jennings competed in prime time against fellow Jeopardy greats James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. But at the end, Jennings was named the winner and went home with a prize of one million dollars.
Not too shabby.
“”There’s a lot of luck in a game of Jeopardy: the categories, who finds the Daily Doubles, who misses a fluky DD or Final…” Jennings wrote on Twitter following the televised episode of his big win. “If we ran this tournament back a dozen times, you’d probably see a different winner each time. Brad and James are just that good.”
If we ran this tournament back a dozen times, you'd probably see a different winner each time. Brad and James are just that good.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 15, 2020
Ken’s competitor’s had a few words for the GOAT following the show.
“Thanks to @KenJennings and @bradrutter for a hell of a match. Ken and Brad are great @Jeopardy players but even better people, and have been incredibly good sports about my kayfabe feuding and trash talk,” James wrote before adding, “Thanks to @ABCNetwork for taking a chance on us, to everyone on the @Jeopardy team for everything they do, and especially to Alex Trebek for gutting through the fight of his life to deliver an absolute A+ performance in prime time.”
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“Huge congrats to my old frenemy @KenJennings on his most impressive #JeopardyGOAT victory,” Brad added. “That was the best playing I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watching @Jeopardy for 35 years. Pictured: me trying to absorb some buzzer mojo in case there’s a next time.”
Huge congrats to my old frenemy @KenJennings on his most impressive #JeopardyGOAT victory. That was the best playing I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watching @Jeopardy for 35 years. Pictured: me trying to absorb some buzzer mojo in case there’s a next time pic.twitter.com/B5bB7AnwCv
— Brad Rutter (@bradrutter) January 15, 2020
Of course, Jennings’ mastery of the game show is well known, as Mr. Smarty Pants won 74 consecutive games back in 2004. And while Rutter came in third place in this particular tournament, Trebek made sure to note that Rutter remains the highest earner in the game show’s history.
And Holzhauer? Well, he will be just fine. He makes a living as a professional gambler after all.