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‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Performs So Poorly That He Can’t Compete in Final Round

by Liz Holland
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Yesterday’s ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Matt King was forced to say farewell before final jeopardy due to his nearly record-breaking low score. Although things look promising for King at the beginning of the show, the Lewisville lawyer’s score quickly drops into the negatives.

Where Things Went Wrong

Jeopardy contestant Matt King starts Tuesday’s game off strong, crushing impressive prompts in the Football category. A category that other contestants have struggled with in the past, King defies the odds and amasses $3,000 in wins here. Starting with the most difficult question in the category and moving his way down, King fires out correct answers with zero hesitation. However, this is where the wins for the Notre Dame graduate come to a screeching halt.

King’s first incorrect answer of the game comes along on the subject of Omaha, specifically on the name of the river that Omaha sits on the west bank of. As the game moves forward and Matt King selects first for Double Jeopardy, the player’s fate starts to become clear. Answering incorrectly twice on the topic of the Human body before opting for a different category, King was able to recover his score back to $0.

Unfortunately, this recovery didn’t last long, as the jeopardy contestant continued to falter. While his choice to aim high and choose the most difficult question in any given category when given the chance is a respectable one, in this case, it did not pay off for the Jeopardy player.

The Final Straw

After a rollercoaster of a score, King’s ultimate downfall in Tuesday’s Jeopardy round comes when the contestant answers several high dollar value questions wrong in a row. Even though many of his answers are close to correct, they do not come close enough to make the cut. While King did not get every question incorrect, the dollar value for the answers he did score was not enough to keep him afloat. 

Ending with a score of -$6,400, current Jeopardy host Ken Jennings says to King, “Matt I’m afraid — you took your swings. That’s a strategy, it didn’t always pay off. You were close so many times, but we’re gonna have to say goodbye to you here.” King left in third place with $1,000.

Third Is the One With the Treasure Chest

Although Jeopardy contender Matt King impressed many with his ending score of -$6,400, he surprisingly does not take the title for worst Jeopardy score. This record is held by contestant Patrick Pearce, who claimed the worst score title last summer when he competed. 

King’s Jeopardy stint garnered the attention of social media jokesters. User @hmcc06 points out the hilarity of Matt King’s score, sharing a screengrab from the iconic Simpsons series featuring a negative-scoring Marge and comparing the two.

Although Matt King did not walk away with full pockets, he undeniably now has a great story to tell. Contestant Amy Schneider took the win for this round, extending her winning streak to five days.