By LYNN ELBER | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The goofy and entertaining reign of “Jeopardy!” champ Austin Rogers is over.
Austin on ‘Jeopardy!’ How long will quirky contestant keep winning?
The New York City bartender narrowly lost on Thursday’s show after a 12-game winning streak that netted him a total $411,000, putting him in fifth place for all-time regular season winnings.
He’s satisfied with the run, Rogers said in an interview.
“I set myself out to win one game. I had no idea I’d be this wildly successful,” he said. “I had no idea I’d find it, honestly, this easy.”
He credits his study of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, for encouraging his curious nature, and says devising questions for the trivia quiz nights he hosts proved “a little helpful” on the show.
Scarlett Sims, a stay-at-home mother from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ended up with $51 more than Rogers after the final question, $33,201 to his $33,150.
Rogers won’t be away long: He’ll compete in the two-week “Jeopardy!” tournament of champions that begins Nov. 6.
He brought an unusually freewheeling, improv-comedy approach to the quiz show. While most players stand obediently as they’re introduced, for instance, Rogers came up with bits of funny business, such as mimicking making a phone call from the stage.
That wasn’t an act for the TV audience, Rogers said. “My know-it-all-ism is who I am. This is not a facade, unfortunately, America. This is how I behave in everyday situations.”
The reaction to his antics surprised Rogers.
“I had a vague feeling that people would be like, ‘Oh, this guy’s sort of random,’” he said, and figured he might be recognized by a few “Jeopardy!” fans on the street. He didn’t expect to be invited to appear on “Good Morning America.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment