James Holzhauer Calls Out Ken Jennings With A Bold ‘Final Jeopardy!’ Answer

Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy

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In Game 2 of the ongoing Jeopardy! Masters tournament, Jeopardy! legend James Holzhauer destroyed the competition.

When it came time for ‘Final Jeopardy’, James Holzhauer led the competition with $40,800 to $12,200 and $9,200. They couldn’t catch him unless he inexplicably waged a lot of money and lost it, only one of which would happen…

The ‘Final Jeopardy’ category was ‘USA’ and the clue was ‘Opened in 1909 and less famous than an older neighbor, it connects Brooklyn and Chinatown.’ For anyone who has ever lived in and around NYC, this was a softball question. The answer was obviously ‘the Manhattan Bridge.’

Sitting 3rd all-time on the Jeopardy! highest-earning list, and combined with the fact that this is a tournament and the final wager didn’t matter, Holzhauer used his final answer as an opportunity to troll host Ken Jennings.

With an automatic lead of $16,400 ahead of 2nd place, James Holzhauer chose to troll Ken by answering “stop ducking a rematch, Ken.”

James also wagered $9,812 on ‘Final Jeopardy’ despite knowingly answering it wrong. That might seem inexplicable to some Jeopardy! viewers but the diehard fans know what was going on.

9/8/12 is the date that James Holzhauer got married. 9,812 was a semi-common wager of his during his record-setting tear through Jeopardy! back in 2019.

If none of this sounds familiar, Holzhauer won 33 episodes of Jeopardy! between April 4 and June 3 in 2019. but it was the style in which James dominated the competition that made him a legend.

By embracing the ‘true daily double,’ James Holzhauer broke the previous single-game record 16 times. James is the only Jeopardy! contestant to win over $100,000 in a single game and he did it six times. His personal record, the show’s record, is $131,127.