time Jeopardy champion, Ken Jennings, was finally defeated in his 75th episode by a California real estate agent named Nancy Zerg. This
outcome has been known since the taping in September, but the episode finally aired tonight.
The woman who ended “Jeopardy!” whiz Ken Jennings’ 74-game winning streak is a California real estate agent whose own 8-year-old daughter asked for
his autograph when they met.
In a victory telecast Tuesday, Zerg beat a pop-culture icon who had achieved an aura of invincibility. Jennings won $2,520,700, a record for a TV game
show contestant, since his first appearance June 2.
During his streak, Jennings usually had opponents so thoroughly beaten that the Final Jeopardy question was meaningless to the outcome. But Zerg was
within striking range, with $10,000 to Jennings’ $14,400, at that point.
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I caught the show tonight, Ken finally beat himself by wagering high and missing two "Daily Doubles". Mrs. Zerg didn't play an overly impressive
game, Ken just slipped up. A great *gasp* came from the crowd when he revealed his incorrect Final Jeopardy response.
Some quick facts and figures:
"The category was business and industry." The clue: "Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only
four months a year."
Jennings’ average daily haul was $34,063.51. He toyed with the previous daily record of $52,000 — tying it four times — before shattering it with a
$75,000 win in Game 38. He gave more than 2,700 correct responses.
Ken is a Mormon and he plans on giving 10% of his 2.5 million dollars in winnings to his church.
[edit on 30-11-2004 by Banshee]