Lovable genius Austin Rogers' reign on 'Jeopardy!' comes to an end

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2017

Austin Rogers, a bartender from NY, came in a close second place on the fan-favorite game show after a 12-day run as champion.

Watching Austin Rogers high-fiving and clapping wildly at the end of Thursday's episode of "Jeopardy!", you would have assumed the Macalester College grad had extended his winning streak to 13. He was known for his mimes and for making big bets. "He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent", "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek said in a news release.

Fans take heart, however.

He'll be back on the show next month, competing in the two-week "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions that begins November 6.

A spokeswoman for the show said Rogers' $411,000 put him in fifth place in "Jeopardy!" all-time regular season winnings. He said he came in wanting to win at least two games. "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".

He still hasn't decided what he wants to do with his prize money, according to the release, though he has a few ideas.

"It would be really nice to just on a whim decide to go to an Arsenal [soccer] match. Or, like, Estonia. I've also wondered if a Steinway piano is a good investment".

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