Winning Streak Ends For Jeopardy Champ, Ken Jennings - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/30/04

Winning Streak Ends For Jeopardy Champ, Ken Jennings

All good things must come to an end, and Tuesday it did for Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings.

For the last five months, Jennings stole the spotlight from Jeopardy host Alex Trebec. But, the software engineer's winning streak came to an end Tuesday, after he was defeated by California real estate agent, Nancy Zerg.

"When the streak finally ended, it was sort of conflicting emotions. On the one hand, I was relieved to finally know how the story came out. On the other hand, I was a little bit sad because it's fun to play Jeopardy," said Ken Jennings.

Some of you may recall, Ken Jennings' Great Aunt, Betty Jennings, lives right here in Lubbock. We've followed Betty through the months she's been watching Ken's streak. She's sad it had to end, but says her nephew has been an inspiration.

"His character has shown through all throughout this series of programs and I think people all over the country have fallen in love with him and I know there're going to be a few tears shed when he's no longer on," said Betty.

Now in case you're wondering which answer finally took down the champ, here it is. "Most of this firm's 70-thousand seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." Jennings answered "What is FedEx?", but the correct question was "What is H&R Block?"

Jennings broke every record in television history by winning 74 shows and $2.5 million dollars.

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