Fans of “Jeopardy!” are excited to return to regular gameplay after the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament.
The two-week tournament was hosted by former “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik. It featured 15 professors from a wide array of disciplines, including Musicology, French Literature, and a wide variety of sciences.
The tournament is now over, although it was a tough competition between fifteen of America’s top professors!
Who Won The Jeopardy Professor’s Tournament?
The final three contestants were Alisa Hove, a botany professor at Warren Wilson College; Ed Hashima, a history professor at American River College; and Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
The final round of the competition took place over two days, with the scores from Thursday’s game being added to Friday’s final score. Sam scored an impressive lead going into the second day of finals with a total of $20,000 dollars. Ed finished with $4,600 and Alisha had $3,800 going into the final game.
Sam and Ed continued to battle it out and were almost neck-and-neck going into the second day’s “Final Jeopardy!” round. Alisa wound up with negative points and was not able to participate in the “Final Jeopardy!” round. She took home third place and a total prize of $25,000 dollars.
Sam was the only person to guess the final question correctly, making him the winner with a two-day total of $35,600. Ed took home $50,000 dollars for second place. Sam won $100,000 dollars, an invitation to the 2022 Tournament of Champions, and, most importantly, bragging rights.
Who Is Going To Host ‘Jeopardy’ On Monday?
Although Bialik hosted the Professor’s Tournament and has been selected to host the National College Championship in February 2022, Sony recently revealed that Bialik and Ken Jennings are going to share hosting duties throughout 2022.
Although they stopped short of saying so, fans have started to notice a pattern in their hosting duties. It seems that Bialik will be hosting the show’s special tournaments, while Ken Jennings hosts regular “Jeopardy!” gameplay. It should be noted that the National College Championship is a special tournament that will air on weekday nights in addition to regular “Jeopardy!” gameplay, so fans can look forward to a double dose of “Jeopardy!” on those days!
Sony’s decision to split the hosting duties helps to balance the busy schedules of both hosts: Bialik has been busy filming the sophomore season of her sitcom “Call Me Kat” and Jennings has commitments to his own trivia game show, “The Chase,” which he films with other famous “Jeopardy!” winners Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.
Monday also marks the return of 13-day winner Amy Schneider, who has already secured her ticket to the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Schneider has recently credited her “privilege” to helping her successful run and even admitted that she thought the show’s “central gimmick” was “embarrassingly outdated!”