James Holzhauer has been on an incredible run on “Jeopardy!” over the last few weeks and fans have been dying to know whether he would finally beat Ken Jennings’ longstanding winnings record.
Unfortunately for Holzhauer, Jennings will be holding onto his $2,520,700 record, which he won over the course of a 74-game winning streak in 2004.
On Monday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”, Holzhauer’s 32-game streak came to an end, with the champion bringing in a total of $2,462,216, or just $58,485 shy of Jennings’ haul.
The outcome of the episode was leaked early in a video of the Final Jeopardy segment on Twitter.
“Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views,” executive producer Harry Friedman told The Washington Post.
As for where the leak came from, Friedman said, “We think we know where and who and how,” adding that the show plans on taking “very, very, very appropriate” action against the leaker.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Holzhauer told The New York Times. “But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show. So I don’t feel bad about it.”
On Twitter, Holzhauer joked about the loss by referencing the infamous “Drake curse.”
Despite failing to break Jennings’ record haul, Holzhauer did average $77,000 in winnings per game, more than double the record-holder’s rate.
In Monday’s episode, Holzhauer is finally bested by competitor Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago, who beat him by $22,002.
“I lost to a really top-level competitor,” Holzhauer said. “She played a perfect game. And that was what it took to beat me.”
Speaking to The Associated Press, Holzhauer added, “I really felt like I had been playing with house money, so I wasn’t too upset to see my run end.”
Even Jennings had to get in on the action while still holding his title. “Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking off stage at Jeopardy, his reign of destruction completed,” he tweeted.