Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Ken Jennings gestures during an interview in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah, the record holder for most money ever won on a television game show with 74 consecutive wins on "Jeopardy!" was defeated by Nancy Zerg, a realtor from Ventura, Calif. His final show airs Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
'Jeopardy!' to Hold 'Super Tournament'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, ``Jeopardy!'' whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million - but the competition will be tougher this time around.
Producers of the game show announced Tuesday a ``Super Tournament,'' which will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition between nearly 150 past five-time winners.
Host Alex Trebek called the tournament the ``quest for Ken.'' ``
Ever since Ken started his amazing run, people have been speculating on how some of the past 'Jeopardy!' players would do against him,'' Trebek said in a statement. ``We're answering that question.''
Jennings, too, was anxious about the challenge.
``I can't wait to see who I'll be up against in the finals,'' he said.
Jennings earned $2,520,700 after a 74-game winning streak. He was beaten by California real estate agent Nancy Zerg.
The matches will begin airing in February or March, and the finals will air in May, said ``Jeopardy!'' publicist Jeff Ritter.
The third-place winner will receive $250,000 and the second-place winner, $500,000.