‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Ken Jennings Says He & James Holzhauer Have ‘Actually Become Very Good Friends’

Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer really bonded over their shared love for “Jeopardy!”

Jennings caught up with People after being crowned the “Greatest of All-Time” on the popular game show. The “Jeopardy!” genius had lots of praise for his fellow “Greatest of All-Time” contestants.

“We actually met briefly in Seattle, when I hosted a trivia night at a local music festival, although I didn’t remember,” Jennings said. “But he reached our after his show and had some questions about ‘Jeopardy!’ fame.”

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“We’ve actually become very good friends, even though we have very different ‘Jeopardy!’ styles,” he continued.

Speaking of those “very different” styles, Jenning offered his assessment of Holzhauer’s play style.

“You have to bet big,” Jennings shared. “That’s the only way to beat him. I watched so many James Holzhauer tapes, just to prep for this. It’s a tribute to how he’s changed the game, his dominance.”

“Brad [Rutter] and I just knew intuitively that whoever would win was going to do it by doing their best James Holzhauer impression,” he added.

When it came to Rutter, Jennings chalked up his opponent’s performance to bad luck.

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“Brad is the most tenacious ‘Jeopardy!’ player I’ve ever seen — best I’ve ever played,” Jennings praised. “He just never got his footing. It may be just as simple as the fact that he found a ton of very hard Daily Doubles.”

“Like, I would have missed a lot of those too,” he asserted. “He just happened to be the one to who took the bullet.”

Jennings is the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time and holds the longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history.

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