‘Jeopardy!’ Event of Champions sees instructor Sam Kavanaugh win $250,000 grand prize


Jeopardy!” contestant Sam Kavanaugh scored a serious victory on Friday.

The present’s Event of Champions ended with Kavanaugh, a substitute instructor, taking house the grand prize of $250,000 after he beat out contestant Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting advisor, and Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian.

The three contestants had been in competitors for 10 days. Nonetheless, the runner-ups do not go empty handed. Quail bought to take house $100,000 whereas Vichit-Vadakan received $50,000.

Former “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen served as visitor host. 

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“Jeopardy!” will match Kavanaugh’s prize and it is going to be donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Heart for the Homeless in honor of the late longtime host Alex Trebek, who died in November after a battle with pancreatic most cancers.

Jean Trebek, Alex’s spouse, reacted to the donation in his honor.

“The present’s generosity continues to replicate Alex’s want to help underrepresented communities,” she mentioned in an announcement. She referred to as the present “fantastic.”

Since Trebek’s dying, “Jeopardy!” has been rotating interim visitor hosts till Sony Footage Tv, which produces the present, finds a everlasting host.

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“Our objective has been to current all kinds of visitor hosts with completely different ability units and backgrounds on our path to discovering a everlasting host,” govt producer Mike Richards lately mentioned in a press launch. 

“Our passionate followers are telling us what they like, and we’re listening. All the visitor hosts have introduced individualism, vitality and an genuine love of our present to every of their episodes. We sit up for sharing the remainder of the season with our viewers.”

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Actor Alex Trebek (R) and spouse Jean Currivan Trebek arrive on the thirty eighth Annual Daytime Emmy Awards present in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 19, 2011.  Alex Trebek died in November on the age of 80 after battling pancreatic most cancers.
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As part of every visitor host’s look, a donation will likely be made to a charity of their selection. The quantity donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete through the week they function visitor host.

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“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” mentioned Richards. “I wish to thank our visitor hosts, who won’t solely assist all of us have a good time his nice legacy, but additionally deliver their very own contact to the present.”

Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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