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Ken Jennings Named Biggest Jeopardy! Contestant of All Time

It is a giant evening for Ken Jennings.

The 45-year-old Washington state local and the contestant with the longest Jeopardy! profitable streak of all time has formally develop into the sport display’s “Biggest of All Time” after claiming the name on Tuesday. What is extra, Jennings could also be claiming 1 million greenbacks and the distinction from host Alex Trebek

This additionally marks Jennings’ 3rd victory out of 4 suits in ABC’s Jeopardy!: The Biggest of All Time event. Jennings beat fellow best contestants James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter

Since they are the 3 highest-earning champions in Jeopardy! historical past, the contestants have been pitted towards each and every different to peer who would pop out on best. In the end, it was a faceoff between Jennings and Rutter, who has gained probably the most cash in sport display historical past and Holzhauer who holds extra Jeopardy! data than any contestant. 

In keeping with Leisure Weekly, Jennings got here into the “fit main the collection, with two wins to Holzhauer’s one and Rutter’s 0” however “the two-game showdown was once an in depth race between Holzhauer and Jennings.” 

On the other hand, even with Jennings’ $1 million prize (the opposite two contestants will obtain $250,000), Rutter nonetheless holds the name for profitable probably the most cash in Jeopardy! historical past together with his $4.6 million overall. He first seemed again in 2000. 

However, the GOAT name now belongs to Jennings. 

Someone else worthy of the GOAT name, alternatively, is the host itself. Fighting pancreatic most cancers, Trebek soldiered on when he got here again to primetime for the collection of video games. 

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Talking on the 2020 Tv Critics Affiliation iciness press excursion, the 79-year-old seemed forward to the day he’ll log out the display he is referred to as house since 1984. 

“Some days are higher than others,” Trebek mentioned in regards to the present state of his well being whilst selling Jeopardy: The Biggest of All Time. “My resistance is not up to maximum of you, in fact, on account of the therapies I have been having, and as you’ll be able to inform I’ve the chilly that appears to be going round. They have got were given me off one in all my chemo medicine, which was once killing me. I would possibly not know ‘til the next day, I am going in for some assessments, after which some other week or so till I in finding out the place issues stand.”

Trebek persisted, “Consider, I am 79 now, and I do not foresee that 30-second [goodbye speech] arising within the close to long run.” 

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