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'Jeopardy!' Great James Holzhauer Had A Cute Tribute To Alex Trebek With His Final Jeopardy Answer

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By Clark Sparky

"Jeopardy!: The Greatest Of All-Time" has been running all week on ABC as a special competition pitting the three best players ever against each other. During Final Jeopardy of the second game on Thursday night, all three players -- James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter -- failed to answer the movie-related question correctly.

Holzhauer, however, didn't even attempt to write down an answer. Instead, he opted to pen a special tribute to host Alex Trebek.

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"Who is the GHOST?" he wrote. Adding in parenthesis, "(Greatest Host of Syndicated TV)" before answering his own question with "Alex Trebek." But Holzhauer added a cut jab in there at Trebek by beginning to write "Pat Sajak," the host of "Wheel of Fortune," before crossing through it.

"I wish you had risked more points," Trebek jokingly replied.

PopCulture.com has more details on the clue itself:

The "Final Jeopardy" clue asked for the names of the two recent foreign-born film directors to win the Best Director Oscar twice but have their films lose Best Picture. The correct response was "What is Alfonso Cuaron and Ang Lee?" Lee won Oscars for Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain, while Cuaron won for Roma and Gravity. None of those four films won Best Picture.

None of the three contestants got the correct response. Ken Jennings was closest, picking Lee and Alejandro G. Inarritu. However, Inarritu's Oscars are for The Revenant and Birdman, the latter of which did win Best Picture. Brad Rutter wrote a tribute to the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Getting the wrong response did not hurt Jennings in the end though. He won his second night of the tournament with 67,600 points. Holzhauer, who won Wednesday's episode, finished with 33,692 points and Rutter had 23,467.

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All three contestants have immense respect for Trebek, who is currently battling stage four pancreatic cancer. All week, they've been wearing purple ribbons in support.

Before the tournament aired, Jennings talked about what Trebek means to him.

"I feel like I've grown up watching Alex and he's the closest thing my generation has to a Walter Cronkite -- a broadcaster who you just trust because he's in your home every night," Jennings said. "It's amazing that he's still with us and he's facing his health battles with such courage."

Trebek told TMZ that the competition is like the Super Bowl of "Jeopardy!"

"In the first half of the match, I don't think they missed one clue," Trebek told the outlet. "When you're dealing with players of this caliber, you know that there aren't going to be many mistakes. It's very competitive."

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