CLEVELAND, Ohio — Thanks for the ride, Austin Rogers.
The all at once quirky, awkward, cocky, sassy, genius teddy bear of a bartender from New York City saw his memorable run on “Jeopardy!” come to an end Thursday. He was beaten by Scarlett Sims, a stay-a-home mom from Tennessee.
The crazy-haired, Kramer-esque Rogers won $411,000, gained a legion of fans and received plenty of press during his 12-game winning streak.
“Austin was outside the box, completely different from what many viewers expect a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant to be,” host Alex Trebeck says in a release. “He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent.”
Rogers’ haul ranks fifth on the show’s all-time non-tournament winning list– impressive but still far behind the $2.5 million Ken “So smart it took a supercomputer to beat him” Jennings won in 2004.
“I set myself a goal of two wins, and I exceeded that expectation,” Rogers says in a release. “I mean, I always wanted validation that I’m smarter than everyone, and now, when in an argument, I can just say ‘scoreboard!’ and point to an imaginary Jumbotron.”
Rogers isn’t sure how he’ll spend the money.
“It would be really nice to just on a whim decide to go to an Arsenal [soccer] match. Or, like, Estonia. I’ve also wondered if a Steinway piano is a good investment,” he says.
If you’ll miss Rogers’ oddball antics you won’t have to wait long for him to return. He’ll be back for the “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” starting November 6.