WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A show staffer had leaked Monday’s episode of ‘Jeopardy!’ back on Sunday, spoiling the surprise defeat of James Holzhauer.
- Executive producer Harry Friedman refused to name the suspect but promised that the culprit will be dealt with.
- James Holzhauer lost his 32-game winning streak on Monday’s episode after amassing a total of $2,462,216 across 33 games.
The executive producer of the hit game show “Jeopardy!” announced on Tuesday that he suspects who leaked the ending of James Holzhauer’s last episode.
Harry Friedman told the Washington Post, “We think we know where and who and how.”
Last Sunday, a show staffer had leaked a clip showing Holzhauer’s loss in Monday’s episode.
“Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views,” Friedman told the newspaper outlet.
The leaked clip, which was only about a minute long, showed Holzhauer losing his 32-game winning streak. The 34-year-old professional gambler lost against Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher in Final Jeopardy.
The leaked footage was quickly shared to other social media platforms, bypassing the production team’s attempts to squash it with copyright-strikes.
Friedman remarked, “I feel bad for the viewers. It’s not fair. I’m not sure what’s gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn’t really benefit anybody.”
Friedman refused to name his prime suspect but declared that a “very, very, very appropriate” consequence will befall the culprit.
The surprise factor of Holzhauer’s defeat may have been spoiled for fans, but Friedman could only appreciate the Las Vegas resident’s refreshing play style.
Friedman commented, “I think it reinforces that excellence really has no limit, and that there are different ways to play the game. But your strategy is only as good as your ability to come up with the correct response once you hit that signaling button.”
Holzhauer had accumulated $2,462,216 throughout his 33 games. Despite playing in less than half as many games, his total winnings are just short of Ken Jennings’ all-time record of $2,520,700.
Source: New York Post