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Ken Jennings
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Name: Ken Jennings
Born: May 23, 1974
Birth Hometown: Edmonds, Washington
Died:
Place of death:
Occupation: Host, Contestant, Author
Years active: 2004-present
Known for: His appearances on Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings (born on May 23, 1974) is a game show contestant. He is most notable for his record-setting streak of 74 wins on Jeopardy!.

The streakEdit

Before the 20th season premiere in 2003, champions had to retire after winning five games. To celebrate the show's 20th season, the producers changed that rule, allowing champions to continue playing until they were defeated.

On June 2, 2004, Ken Jennings's first episode aired. He won the game, and proceeded to win all the remaining games during that season. By the end of Season 20, Jennings had accumulated 38 wins. In the process, he broke the single-day winnings record with a $75,000 score in the final game of Season 20.

Jennings returned to begin Season 21. He proceeded to win 36 more games. After the November 29, 2004 show, he had won 74 games for a total of $2,520,700.

Day # Season # Date Winnings Overall Total
1 20 June 2, 2004 $37,201 $37,201
2 20 June 3, 2004 $22,000 $59,201
3 20 June 4, 2004 $37,000 $96,201
4 20 June 7, 2004 $30,000 $126,201
5 20 June 8, 2004 $29,799 $156,000
6 20 June 9, 2004 $25,000 $181,000
7 20 June 10, 2004 $50,000 $231,000
8 20 June 11, 2004 $35,158 $266,158
9 20 June 14, 2004 $25,000 $291,158
10 20 June 15, 2004 $50,000 $341,158
11 20 June 16, 2004 $35,000 $376,158
12 20 June 17, 2004 $34,000 $410,158
13 20 June 18, 2004 $30,000 $440,158
14 20 June 21, 2004 $31,601 $471,759
15 20 June 22, 2004 $15,200 $486,959
16 20 June 23, 2004 $26,000 $512,959
17 20 June 24, 2004 $40,000 $552,959
18 20 June 25, 2004 $48,801 $601,760
19 20 June 28, 2004 $21,000 $622,760
20 20 June 29, 2004 $40,000 $662,760
21 20 June 30, 2004 $35,000 $697,760
22 20 July 1, 2004 $40,000 $737,760
23 20 July 2, 2004 $17,600 $755,360
24 20 July 5, 2004 $19,600 $774,960
25 20 July 6, 2004 $14,000 $788,960
26 20 July 7, 2004 $40,000 $828,960
27 20 July 8, 2004 $40,000 $868,960
28 20 July 9, 2004 $52,000 $920,960
29 20 July 12, 2004 $52,000 $972,960
30 20 July 13, 2004 $32,000 $1,004,960
31 20 July 14, 2004 $17,500 $1,022,460
32 20 July 15, 2004 $28,000 $1,050,460
33 20 July 16, 2004 $50,000 $1,100,460
34 20 July 19, 2004 $35,000 $1,135,460
35 20 July 20, 2004 $29,200 $1,164,460
36 20 July 21, 2004 $30,000 $1,194,460
37 20 July 22, 2004 $52,000 $1,246,660
38 20 July 23, 2004 $75,000 $1,321,660
39 21 September 6, 2004 $10,001 $1,331,661
40 21 September 7, 2004 $21,800 $1,353,461
41 21 September 8, 2004 $27,200 $1,380,461
42 21 September 9, 2004 $21,800 $1,402,461
43 21 September 10, 2004 $30,000 $1,432,461
44 21 September 13, 2004 $45,000 $1,477,461
45 21 September 14, 2004 $40,000 $1,517,461
46 21 September 15, 2004 $37,600 $1,555,061
47 21 September 16, 2004 $30,000 $1,585,061
48 21 September 17, 2004 $50,000 $1,635,061
49 21 October 4, 2004 $29,601 $1,664,462
50 21 October 5, 2004 $35,038 $1,699,700
51 21 October 6, 2004 $38,400 $1,738,100
52 21 October 7, 2004 $40,000 $1,778,100
53 21 October 8, 2004 $30,000 $1,808,100
54 21 October 11, 2004 $35,000 $1,843,100
55 21 October 12, 2004 $35,000 $1,878,100
56 21 October 13, 2004 $28,300 $1,906,400
57 21 October 14, 2004 $29,900 $1,936,300
58 21 October 15, 2004 $40,000 $1,976,300
59 21 October 25, 2004 $30,000 $2,006,300
60 21 October 26, 2004 $25,000 $2,031,300
61 21 October 27, 2004 $34,001 $2,065,301
62 21 October 28, 2004 $30,000 $2,095,301
63 21 October 29, 2004 $30,000 $2,125,301
64 21 November 1, 2004 $26,600 $2,151,901
65 21 November 3, 2004 $45,099 $2,197,000
66 21 November 4, 2004 $50,000 $2,247,000
67 21 November 5, 2004 $25,600 $2,272,600
68 21 November 6, 2004 $33,201 $2,305,801
69 21 November 8, 2004 $19,200 $2,325,001
70 21 November 9, 2004 $30,000 $2,355,001
71 21 November 24, 2004 $55,099 $2,410,100
72 21 November 25, 2004 $50,000 $2,460,100
73 21 November 26, 2004 $31,600 $2,491,700
74 21 November 29, 2004 $29,000 $2,520,700
75 21 November 30, 2004 $2,000 $2,522,700

The downfallEdit

During a summer taping, reports from audience members claimed that Jennings had lost during a Season 21 show, while trying for his 75th consecutive win.[1] These rumors circulated as the summer and fall of 2004 progressed. However, due to the official forum's no-spoiler policy, the rumor became known as "That Which Must Not Be Mentioned."

The original date for Jennings's loss was November 9, 2004. However, the show's producers tried to mitigate the effects of the spoiler. First, they dubbed out Johnny Gilbert's announcement of the number of games won during games 49 through 73. Second, the show interspersed special weeks into Jennings's run. But fans quickly adjusted, and it became known that "D-Day" would be November 30.

On November 26, a Georgia station accidentally aired the Final Jeopardy! round from Jennings's last show. Over the weekend, audio clips of that fateful Final Jeopardy! circulated over the internet.

On November 30, Ken Jennings led challenger Nancy Zerg by $14,400 to $10,000, but lost in Final Jeopardy!. Ken's other challenger, David Hankins, finished Double Jeopardy! at -$2,800 and received $1,000 in third place cash, but was not allowed to compete in Final Jeopardy!. The Final Jeopardy! answer in the category of BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY was the following: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year." Zerg correctly questioned "What is H&R Block" and gained $4,401 to move to $14,401. Jennings, however, said "What is FedEx?", losing $5,601 and finishing in second place at $8,799. With the $2,000 second-place cash added to his total, he left with a total of $2,522,700.

AftermathEdit

On the December 1 episode of Jeopardy!, Jennings appeared at the beginning for a recap of the game show records he had broken or tied during his streak.

Jennings was also the central figure in a game show pilot for Comedy Central, Ken Jennings vs. the Rest of the World. However, that pilot was not picked up.

In 2006, Jennings was a member of the mob on 1 vs. 100. He was eliminated when he did not know what color the number 1 was on a roulette wheel.

That same year, he hosted a Minnesota School Quiz show called Face-Off Minnesota.

Jennings was also the champion on another game show that same year, Grand Slam. He won the $100,000 grand prize.

He also appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, winning $500,000. Had he gone for the Million Dollar Question, he would've won the million.

He won the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions second-place prize of $500,000, the 2011 IBM challenge second-place prize of $300,000, and the 2014 Battle of the Decades Tournament of Champions second-place prize of $200,000; all three opposite Brad Rutter.

Cumulative TotalEdit

Out of the totals Jennings won on Jeopardy! and Grand Slam, he won a grand total of $3,272,700.

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