Is Jeopardy! James the GOAT of Game Shows?

How James Holzhauer has turned Jeopardy! into must-watch TV with his dominant—and lucrative—performances.

Released on 4/29/2019

Transcript

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So we start this weeks grind with an answer.
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This man is the most dominant force in game show history
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and has made Jeopardy the most watched TV.
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If you responded who is James Holzhauer, you are correct.
00:11
Seriously, people were freaking out on Friday
00:13
when the NFL draft was on in Jeopardy's place.
00:16
And I'm even more excited to watch Jeopardy every night
00:18
than I am to watch Game of Thrones every week.
00:21
Especially after that Battle of Winterfell.
00:23
I had an easier time following
00:24
Tiger Woods Sunday at The Masters
00:25
than I did seeing what was going on
00:26
in that ridiculous episode.
00:28
Okay, let's get back to Jeopardy James,
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I'm getting some evil looks here
00:31
and I don't want to get
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[whispers] spoiler alert, daggered, like the Night King.
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[regular voice] Anyway, from 18th century British literature
00:39
to pop culture, this dude doesn't have a weakness.
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Heck, I bet he could even kill me in a golf only category.
00:45
And he has nerves of steel, betting crazy amounts
00:48
of money on Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy clues.
00:50
Of course, that makes sense considering the guy
00:53
is a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas.
00:56
He's my new idol.
00:58
Forget about Tiger and Phil, the next the match
01:01
has to be James versus Jeapody GOAT Ken Jennings.
01:04
And maybe throw in John Carpenter.
01:06
Remember that dude who only used a lifeline
01:08
on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
01:09
so he could call his dad and tell him he won the million?
01:12
Legend.
01:13
I remember getting in to Ken Jennings
01:15
during his incredible 74 game winning streak in 2004.
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I had just graduated from college
01:19
and didn't have a job and was living at home,
01:21
so watching Jeopardy with my parents
01:23
was often a highlight of my day.
01:25
But even Jennings is blown away by what James is doing.
01:29
In fact, while Jennings averaged 33,660 per contest,
01:33
Holzhauer is pulling in more than 75,000 per night.
01:38
The dude is single handedly demolishing the shows budget.
01:41
Those Alex Trebek silk suits don't pay for themselves.
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To put James' earning in better perspective,
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he's nearly averaging what the shows
01:49
previous single day record was.
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A record he's broken seven times already in just 17 tries,
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while racking up more than 1.2 million in earnings,
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In about six hours of work, not counting commercials.
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That's the equivalent of a PGA Tour winner's check
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in about the time it takes to play one round
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on the PGA Tour these days.
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Slow play, am I right?
02:10
James' most impressive game to date?
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Earning a record 131,127 dollars.
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In that game, James risked 60 grand in Final Jeopardy
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and went an absurd 40 for 40 when he buzzed in,
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a performance worthy of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.
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But as we saw with Ken Jennings and a clue about H&R Block,
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game show glory can end in the blink
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of a White Walker's blue eye.
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So let's enjoy Jeopardy James while we can,
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because at some point,
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this force of nature will be stopped.
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Just like the Night King.
02:43
Oh, sorry, forgot to say spoiler alert that time
02:47
[upbeat music]
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