Ken Jennings, Reigning 'Jeopardy' Champ, Reacts to James Holzhauer's Dramatic Loss
James Holzhauer's record-breaking run on "Jeopardy" finally came to an end on Monday night, and Ken Jennings' reaction has a dramatic theme.
When James Holzhauer started his winning streak on "Jeopardy," he gave a new meaning to the saying: "Go big or go home."
He went big every night for thirty-two shows until he had to go home, and even that, he did remarkably on Monday night.
After Holzhauer lost with the daily doubles to a Chicago librarian, Emma Boettcher, Ken Jennings, the man who holds the title of the longest-reigning and highest-winning champion, took to Twitter to share his reaction.
He depicted the loss with a picture of a solitary Thanos from the "Avengers: Endgame" writing,
"Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking off stage, his reign of destruction completed."
Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking off stage at Jeopardy, his reign of destruction completed. pic.twitter.com/Xdf5PFR3QD— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) June 4, 2019
The statement is entirely accurate as the professional gambler broke every known "Jeopardy" record except for the highest winnings and the total number of shows.
James Holzhauer had $58,584 to go to surpass Jennings record of $2,520,700, and while he is disappointed at not breaking the latter's history, the Las Vegas resident in a statement released by the show said,
"I never thought I could win 73 games."
In another tweet, he congratulated the woman who sent him packing, calling it a "World-beating" performance. The gambler added that it was a great honor to know that someone played a perfect game to defeat him.
CONGRATULATIONS to Emma on a world-beating performance. There's no greater honor than knowing an opponent had to play a perfect game to defeat me.— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) June 4, 2019
Holzhauer equally joked that although his fans predicted he would be the one to beat himself, he got defeated by a perfect player who "Nailed her big bets."
Holzhauer's loss came because Emma had the funds to make the big bet after they both got the Shakespearean question right. He said that he knew that if the librarian got her question right, it was over for him.
The professional gambler also said that he was proud of how far he went in the game, and in the spirit of sportsmanship, he gave the woman who won the night a high-five.
Holzhauer had a total of $2,462,216 in winnings, and got an extra $2,000 as compensation for coming second place.
His fans are gunning for a face-off between him and Jennings, but the creators of the show are yet to comment on whether or not they favor the idea.
We have a new champion! Congratulations, Emma Boettcher!— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) June 4, 2019
Stream the final episode of James Holzhauer's incredible streak here, available now through Friday: https://t.co/hUk4MCbBVo pic.twitter.com/9dTwuOnZLr
Holzhauer had an impressive run, and the odds were in his favor for a long time; in all, it took a perfect game to beat a brave and excellent player.