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'Jeopardy!' Forced into a Winner-Takes-All Showdown Clue after Ending in a Rare Two-Way Tie

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jan 26, 2021
09:30 P.M.
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Last Friday's episode of the famous television game show, "Jeopardy!" ended in a rare two-way tie, forcing a heart-stopping winner-takes-all showdown.

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The January 22 episode of the popular television game show "Jeopardy!" provided a moment that would live long in the hearts of many of the show's fans.

During the episode, Brian Chang, a returning three-day champion, and Jack Weller were tied in first place. Both men each had $18,800 after getting their final questions right and wagered all their money. This meant that they were tied with $37,600.

Ken Jennings poses in this undated handout photo on the set of "Jeopardy!" on an episode broadcast on November 30, 2004. | Photo: Getty Images

Ken Jennings poses in this undated handout photo on the set of "Jeopardy!" on an episode broadcast on November 30, 2004. | Photo: Getty Images

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The rules of the television quiz show state that the game must go to a tiebreaker if two players are tied. Hence, guest host Ken Jennings read a clue in a history category.

The first person between the tied contestants to ring in and give the correct answer would emerge as the show's winner. After Jennings read out the clue, Chang buzzed in and answered correctly to win the show.

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His victory meant that he became a four-day champion with a total cash reward of $88,102. The rare and epic finish amazed Jennings, once a legendary contestant on the show.

After the winner was decided, he told Chang and the other contestants that he had been on the show like a hundred times but had never witnessed anything like what had transpired.

After a solid debut, his second week as host saw him get roasted by Chang.

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"Jeopardy!" officially introduced the tiebreaking system in 2016. Before then, the show allowed two winners to return if there was a tie between them during a regular game.

Since the tiebreaking system's introduction, only two tiebreakers have happened. The first was in 2018, while the second was in 2019. "Jeopardy!'s" official Twitter page tweeted about the recent tiebreaker with the caption:

"What an ending! Here's what happens when two contestants are tied after Final Jeopardy!"

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Jennings replied to the tweet and wrote that it was just his second day on the show, and then such a thing happened. He added that there was a possibility of a super-rare "Final Jeopardy!" tie or a super-Duper-rare triple-zero finish.

Since taking over from demised long-term show host, Alex Trebek, Jennings has experienced many fun moments on Jeopardy! with Friday's episode providing another example.

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After a solid debut, his second week as host saw him get roasted by Chang, who poked fun at him by giving the same answer to a question Jennings missed in 2004 to end his 74-game winning run on the show.

Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for at least six weeks, after which other interim guest hosts take over from him. Though his stint may be short, evidence from his episodes shows it will be filled with great memories.

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