On this day in 2004, after winning 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million, Ken Jennings' amazing winning streak on Jeopardy! finally came to an end. The record-breaking streak made Jennings a millionaire as well as a household name. Here are six brainy facts you may not know about Jeopardy!
Wagering $69 Is Against Jeopardy! Rules The show has banned some wagers that could remind people of unsavory connotations. There are five banned wagers on the show, including the obvious $69 and $666. Wagering $14, $88, and $1,488 are also banned due to their white supremacist connotations.
The Lowest Score In The History of the Game Is -$6,800 Stephanie Hull is known for getting the lowest score in the history of the game. On March 12, 2015, the lifelong Jeopardy! fan finished with a stunning -$6,800. By the end of the game, she said she was "trying desperately not to cry" and claims she has not re-watched the episode since it first aired. On the up side, Hull did win $1,000 for coming in third and went on to help found a support group for women who get bullied on social media after appearing on Jeopardy.
If All Three Contestants Hit Zero or Negative Numbers After Double Jeopardy, Producers Don't Know Exactly What They Will Do “The Jeopardy! rule book is not a gilt-edged tome bound in Moroccan leather,” the website says. “It’s a living document which states that: 'In the event all three contestants have $0 (zero) or minus amounts at the end of ‘Double Jeopardy!,' no Final Jeopardy! round would be played." In this were to happen, there would be an extra three minutes of time to fill. Producers know that there will be no Final Jeopardy round, but what they'll do in place of the round is anyone's guess. The producers have said they aren't quite sure what they would do.
Jeopardy! Has Been Canceled Twice
It's a popular show now, but Jeopardy! wasn't always such a TV stalwart. In fact, it's been canceled twice before due to lack of interest and changing network policies. In 1975, the show was canceled because NBC decided they wanted to appeal to a younger female demographic. The show came back in 1978, only to be canceled after a measly six months. The current run which began in 1984, with Alex Trebek at the helm, finally achieved the longevity it’s known for today.
Jeopardy! Used To Air AT 2 A.M. In Some Major Markets
When the show came back in 1984, many station mangers were not convinced that the show would be a success. Convinced that the show would do poorly, networks in New York and other major cities scheduled the show to run at 2 a.m. Luckily, Jeopardy! did well, and networks eventually moved the show into better time slots.
He Is A Canadian Icon Who Left Behind A Massive Legacy
Who is … Alex Trebek? Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away "peacefully" at his home on November 8, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends. The iconic quiz show host — known for asking contestants to phrase answers in the form of a question — lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. Trebek, who announced his diagnosis in March 2019, leaves behind a legacy that includes hosting 37 seasons of Jeopardy! He was 80 years old. Rest in peace, Alex.