It’s a little early to call Austin Rogers the next Ken Jennings, but the ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant is still on quite the streak. Buzz60’s Nick Cardona has all the details you need to know about him.
Oak Ridge mom Scarlett Sims won Thursday night’s episode of “Jeopardy!,” ending fan favorite Austin Rogers’ 12-game winning streak.
Rogers, a shaggy-haired New York City bartender, trailed Sims at the end of the first round, prompting host Alex Trebek to point out that was a first.
In the second round, Sims ran up the score by successfully answering every question in a category about legendary East Tennessee entertainer Dolly Parton — including one on Parton’s “My People Fund,” set up to aid victims of last year’s deadly wildfires in Gatlinburg.
Rogers responded with a streak of his own, and as Trebek went to a commercial break before Final Jeopardy, he said, “We have a game here.”
The question? “A 1947 FBI study chided this holiday film’s attempt to discredit bankers … a common trick used by communists.”
Rogers, at $16,600, and Sims, with $21,200, both submitted the correct answer: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Rogers nearly doubled down, while Sims bet less.
Sims won by a thin margin — $33,201 to $33,150.
Rogers’ run on the popular TV game show netted him $411,000 in prize money, while his dry humor, quirky personality and pantomiming skills earned him fans across the country.
“Austin was outside the box, completely different from what many viewers expect a Jeopardy! contestant to be,” host Alex Trebek said in a news release. “He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent.”
Rogers finished in fifth place on the all-time regular-season winnings list, and he is tied for fifth place for most consecutive games won, according to the release.
“I set myself a goal of two wins, and I exceeded that expectation,” Rogers said. “I mean, I always wanted validation that I’m smarter than everyone, and now, when in an argument, I can just say ‘SCOREBOARD!’ and point to an imaginary Jumbotron.”
Sims, originally from Mariposa, California, moved to Oak Ridge in May 2016.
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