Ken Jennings has come out on top of the “Jeopardy!” ranks, winning the “Greatest of All Time” tournament once and for all.
Tuesday’s match showed a final and solidifying win for Jennings, earning him the $1 million grand prize and bragging rights. After a year of his crown being threatened by James Holzhauer, Jennings can finally say that he’s the all-time “Jeopardy!” champ.
While Holzhauer came in with a W for the second match, Jennings came out on top of all of the others, with Brad Rutter trailing behind in third place for all four total matches. Jennings’ fate came down to the “Final Jeopardy!” clue, which fell into the category “Shakespeare’s tragedies.”
“He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy,” Trebek read out. Rutter was quick to put his tail between his legs, opting for a sweet message to Trebek rather than an accurate guess. “You’re the best, Alex!” he wrote.
Holzhauer chimed in with Horatio, an incorrect answer that cost him all $44,000 he had earned thus far. Jennings came through with the correct answer, Iago, which earned him the winning spot in the tournament.
The tournament, while competitive, was not without its friendly banter and enjoyable moments with all contestants making funny jabs at each other and even Trebek.
According to Yahoo!, the tournament won over the hearts of many, with more people tuning into the first three matches than for some NBA finals games and the 2019 World Series.