The goofy and entertaining reign of “Jeopardy!” champ Austin Rogers is over.
The New York Metropolis bartender narrowly misplaced on Thursday’s present after a 12-recreation profitable streak that netted him a complete $411,000, placing him in fifth place for all-time common season winnings.
He is glad with the run, Rogers stated in an interview.
“I set myself out to win one recreation. I had no concept I might be this wildly profitable,” he stated. “I had no concept I might discover it, truthfully, this straightforward.”
‘Jeopardy!’ champ Austin Rogers calls himself a ‘genius’
He credit his research of historical past at Macalester School in St. Paul, Minnesota, for encouraging his curious nature, and says devising questions for the trivia quiz nights he hosts proved “slightly useful” on the present.
Scarlett Sims, a keep-at-house mom from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ended up with $fifty one greater than Rogers after the ultimate query, $33,201 to his $33,one hundred fifty.
Rogers will not be away lengthy: He’ll compete within the two-week “Jeopardy!” event of champions that begins Nov. 6.
He introduced an unusually freewheeling, improv-comedy strategy to the quiz present. Whereas most gamers stand obediently as they’re launched, for example, Rogers got here up with bits of humorous enterprise, reminiscent of mimicking making a telephone name from the stage.
That wasn’t an act for the TV viewers, Rogers stated. “My know-it-all-ism is who I’m. This isn’t a facade, sadly, America. That is how I behave in on a regular basis conditions.”
The response to his antics stunned Rogers.
“I had a obscure feeling that folks can be like, ‘Oh, this man’s kind of random,'” he stated, and figured he is perhaps acknowledged by a couple of “Jeopardy!” followers on the road. He did not anticipate to be invited to seem on “Good Morning America.”
However why not? He was the cocky participant who dared to excessive-5 host Alex Trebek.
“Austin was outdoors the field — utterly totally different from what many viewers anticipate a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant to be,” Trebek stated in a press release. “He was enjoyable to be with and barely irreverent.”
Rogers’ cash tally put him behind Ken Jennings, David Madden, Julia Collins and Matt Jackson, a “Jeopardy!” spokeswoman stated. He is tied with Seth Wilson at No. 5 for many consecutive video games gained, with Jennings once more topping the record.
Rogers stated he is hoping to construct a media profession out of his “Jeopardy!” fame and is mulling what form which may take. The one certainty at this…