A video clip appearing to show “Jeopardy!” champ James Holzhauer’s historic run come to an end made the rounds yesterday on social media. The minute-long snippet — believed to be a leaked clip from an episode expected to air tonight – picks up as the contestants reveal their responses in the Final Jeopardy segment, and ends with James in an unfamiliar position: Second place, trailing leader Emma Boettcher by $3,200. Though Holzhauer offered the correct response — “Who is [16th-century English playwright] Kit Marlowe?” — he bet an uncharacteristically low sum. “His wager, a modest one for the first time,” said an audibly surprised Alex Trebek, as it was revealed that Holzhauer had bet a conservative $1,399, bumping his score from $23,400 to $24,799. Boettcher, who led with $26,600, sealed the deal and her place in game-show lore by also acing Final Jeopardy, wagering $20,201 to net a total of $46,801 — along with gasps from Trebek and the audience. “Oh gosh! What a payday,” said Trebek, as Holzhauer strolled across the podium to give the giant-killer a sporting high-five. “What a game! Oh my gosh!” The apparent stumble cuts down Holzhauer after a 32 consecutive wins, good for a total haul of $2,464,216, including the $2,000 he would receive for finishing second on Monday’s episode. He comes up short, however, of besting legend Ken Jennings, who notched 74 wins good for $2,520,700 in 2004.
Photo Credits: New York Post via Twitter
BREAKING: Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer loses on Monday’s episode: pic.twitter.com/yqRqdl2zp0
— Random Intel (@IntelOfRandom) June 2, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) June 3, 2019