Watching Austin Rogers high-fiving and clapping wildly at the end of Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy,” you would have assumed the Macalester College grad had extended his winning streak to 13.
The reign of the former St. Paul student, currently a New York bartender, ended after 12 episodes and $411,000 in winnings. Only four contestants in the show’s history have won more games or more money.
Scarlett Sims, a mom from Tennessee, ended up with $33,201, enough to inch out Rogers’ $33,150 for the upset. Sims took an early lead thanks to her deep knowledge of pop culture, cleaning up on a category about fellow Tennessean Dolly Parton. And the now former champ blanked a couple of times after buzzing in and blew an early Daily Double when he failed to recognize a sculpture of a musk ox, which just happens to be host Alex Trebek’s favorite animal.
“I set myself a goal of two wins, and I exceeded that expectation,” Rogers said in a news release. “I mean, I always wanted validation that I’m smarter than everyone, and now, when in an argument, I can just say ‘SCOREBOARD!’ and point to an imaginary Jumbotron.”
Rogers will have a chance to add to his fortune, though; he’s already qualified for the show’s Tournament of Champions, which airs in November.
Rose McGowan tweets, ‘HW raped me’
After a suspension earlier in the day from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully re-emerged Thursday, stating: “HW raped me.” “HW” was apparently in reference to Harvey Weinstein, the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chairman. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997. That settlement included provisions about speaking about the case in the future.
CMT to focus awards show on victims
CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year’s Artists of the Year show and devoting the entire live show to “a night of hope and healing through the power of music” following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The cable network said the format for the Oct. 18 show will focus on the fans and those affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires.
Nominated: Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece. Keith Urban leads country artists with three nominations. The show, whose winners are determined by fan votes, will broadcast live at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.
Honors: The National Book Foundation said former President Bill Clinton will present an honorary prize to Scholastic Inc. CEO Richard Robinson at the Nov. 15 awards ceremony in New York City. Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will introduce novelist Annie Proulx as she receives a lifetime achievement medal.