James Holzhauer's Incredible Run On “Jeopardy!” Took A Turn No One Was Prepared For


Jeopardy! juggernaut James Holzhauer’s incredible winning streak officially ended Monday on his 33rd game, shocking fans and even host Alex Trebek himself.

“What a game!” Trebek declared after the final score was revealed. “Oh my gosh!”

Holzhauer’s loss came as the 34-year-old professional gambler was just $58,484 shy of breaking the game show’s all-time record of $2.52 million in winnings. According to CBS, he answered 1,160 trivia questions correctly to amass $2.46 million, cementing his status as the second-biggest winner in show history.

That means Ken Jennings maintains his number one spot, having won more than $2.5 million in 74 games in 2004. For reference, the average contestant usually takes home about $19,980, according to the analytics site, TheJeopardyFan.com.

So after more than a month of kicking ass and taking names, Holzhauer, who became an internet sensation lost $24,799 to $46,801 to Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago.

BuzzFeed News reached out to Holzhauer for comment, but he appeared to be at peace with the outcome.

“Nobody likes to lose,” Holzhauer told the New York Times in an interview before the episode aired. “But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show. So I don’t feel bad about it.”

His fans, however, were crushed.

wow that jeopardy episode tho @cfl_bunny

What’s worse, though, is that the outcome was — gasp — LEAKED, and the spoiler triggered outcry from those who were waiting to see their quirky, witty, toothy-grinned trivia show hero make history.

A reporter tweeted about the deafening defeat Monday morning and incensed users hounded him for ruining one of the only good things about 2019.

In today’s episode of Jeopardy, which has already aired in multiple markets, @James_Holzhauer loses on his 33rd episode. We talked to him this morning about his final episode, his run and what’s next for his pro sports betting career https://t.co/DiuPL1qlZN

Holzhauer changed the show for many viewers, like Luke, who now has no idea what he is supposed to do tonight.

If you think you ALREADY had the greatest show of your lifetime spoiled, then you have no idea what this leaked Jeapordy! clip has done to me. 35 seasons and it’s like I’ve been watching a completely new show. What am I supposed to do tonight?

On the morning of his last appearance, Jeopardy James hinted at his fate, tweeting: “Knew I shouldn’t have invited @Drake” to the taping.

Knew I shouldn’t have invited @Drake to the @Jeopardy taping.

As the show hit televisions around the country, people also began sharing their utter heartbreak and devastation about losing Jeopardy James.

Like Sarah, who is cutting herself off from the world to let this sink in.

Don’t text, I’m upset. I’ll miss you @James_Holzhauer

Many refused to believe Holzhauer could actually lose, suggesting that he threw the game on purpose, or that the show bought him out in some way.

Okay James totally threw that game. #Jeopardy

And consulted their grandmas about it.

My grandma and I were way to invested in this guy on jeopardy

Or he wanted Jennings to keep his record.

Wanted Jennings to keep the record? He obviously threw the game #jeopardy #JeopardyJames

Even Jennings, his Jeopardy! record still intact, paid tribute to Holzhauer’s impressive ride.

Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking off stage at Jeopardy, his reign of destruction completed.

“Why, James, Why!?” they cried.

“With that I have lost my will to live,” Matt declared.

Jeopardy James just lost and with that I have lost my will to live

“RIP,” his fans tweeted while weeping in clubs (also kudos to this guy for being in a club on a Monday?).

RIP @James_Holzhauer so close to that record. I'm crying in the damn club rn

Goodnight, sweet prince #Jeopardy

People thanked him for bringing families together and giving them something to collectively root for.

@James_Holzhauer @Drake @Jeopardy So bummed! This amazing run brought friends and family together, stirred conversation... it was like rooting for your favorite athlete/team. As they say...”All good things...”. Thanks for a great few months!! Congratulations!

@James_Holzhauer @Drake @Jeopardy Your run got my dad and to watch together — thanks for helping create that memory!! Don’t bet the 2.5 all at once.

The run was one for the history books and captivated young and old alike.

Sending @James_Holzhauer off in style. Good run, champ. #JeopardyJames

RIP Jeapordy James , gone but NEVER forgotten...back to regular James now :/

In his goodbye message, Holzhauer rebuffed claims that he threw the game on purpose or flubbed his chance, writing, “Nope, James got his ass kicked straight up by an elite player who nailed her own big bets.”

“Remember to be good humans,” he added.

To everyone: Thanks for the support, and remember to be good humans.

Thanks for the memories, James, because, let’s be real, who would have guessed that in 2019, Jeopardy! would be life-changing, “amazing television.”

This is episode of Jeopardy is amazing television.

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