James Holzhauer emerging as ‘Jeopardy! Masters’ villain

James Holzhauer
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“Jeopardy! Masters” finds six of the show’s biggest champions squaring off.

James Holzhauer is aiming to be the tournament’s disruptor.

Holzhauer emerged onto “Jeopardy!” In 2019 and went on a 32-game winning streak. He accrued the 16 highest single-day winning totals.

In an exclusive EW clip, host Ken Jennings identifies Holzhauer as a “self-proclaimed ‘game show villain’”.

Jennings then asked, given his past, if he felt like he “needed to be the heel” during “Jeopardy! Masters”?

“We’ll see how the games are going,” Holzhauer said with a grin.

In the first episode of “Masters” on May 8, Holzhauer comfortably won the evening. He took down each of the game’s daily doubles, doubling his score every time.

With a very comfortable lead, Holzhauer had a bit of fun with his Final Jeopardy! answer writing, “Stop ducking a rematch, Ken”, referring to the host, another of the show’s champions.

Along with Holzhauer, “Jeopardy! Masters” also includes Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Andrew He, and Sam Buttrey.

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