‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Gets One Of Worst Scores Ever
That was, unfortunately, the case for Matt King on the Tuesday, November 23 episode of the long-running quiz show. The lawyer from Lewisville, Texas, played hard and took plenty of risks, but, in the end, finished with -$6,400 and was shut out of Final Jeopardy!.
King started the night well, particularly excelling in the categories about football and quickly amassing $2,400. However, it was all downhill from there, as King blew his winnings, finishing the evening with only eight correct responses and ten wrong answers.
Current host and Jeopardy Greatest of All-Time champion Ken Jennings offered his commiserations, telling King, “Matt, I’m afraid you took your swings. That’s a strategy. It didn’t always pay off. You were close so many times, but we’re gonna have to say goodbye to you here. You’ll finish in third place with $1,000.”
Viewers at home felt for King, many of them sharing their support and admiration for his bold gameplay.
“Matt went down swinging. I have to respect that,” tweeted one viewer, while another stated, “Matt was out there playing like me at home lol.”
— Baldwyn English (@benglishjr) November 24, 2021
Matt was out there playing like me at home lol. #Jeopardy
— Desi (@desipoo26) November 24, 2021
— Jackson Vandemark (@hmcc06) November 24, 2021
— Tor Tor 🦎♊️ (@Catchthenewt) November 24, 2021
Others wondered if King’s low score was a Jeopardy! record.
— Kathy Bennett 🙈🙉🙊 (@KatBenn1plus2) November 24, 2021
I wonder what the largest deficit someone has faced after Double Jeopardy. Matt just ended with -$6,400. Can’t say I remember seeing too many with a bigger one than that. #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/9sVpurBfPG
— Lucas Howe (@LucasEatWorld) November 24, 2021
Fortunately for King, he’s not the most losingest player in Jeopardy! history. That title goes to contestant Patrick Pearce, who this past summer finished the game with -$7,400, breaking the previous record of -$6,800 held by Stephanie Hull. King’s score puts him in a tie for third place next to 2012 contestant Christy Gibson.
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