Macalester grad's 'Jeopardy!' run comes to an end

Austin Rogers has won over the nation with his quirky antics.

His winning streak may have ended, but Austin Rogers has won the nation's hearts. Oh, and $411,000.

The New York bartender, a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, has become an internet sensation hit after his self-described "lovable rogue" schtick delighted Jeopardy! audiences during his 12-game streak.

He narrowly lost on Thursday to Scarlett Sims of Tennessee, who after the final question had $33,201 to Rogers' $33,150, but not before becoming the 5th most successful contestant of all time for regular season winnings.

During his tenure, his get-to-know-the-contestant interviews have included stories about getting drunk with his buddies and falling asleep at a Korn/Disturbed show, 

He still managed to cause uproar on his final appearance, namely by getting Alex Trebek to say the word "dick" when answering the following question:

Unsurprisingly, this exchange spawned a fair bit of social media chatter and memery (yes, a word I've just coined for this purpose).

"It feels awesome"

According to CTV, Rogers credits his time studying history at Macalester for his "curious nature," and devising questions for quiz nights helped give him the trivia prowess that proved so successful on the show.

“Austin was outside the box … completely different from what many viewers expect a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant to be. He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent,” Trebek said in a news release.

And what does Rogers himself have to say about his streak?

“I mean, it feels awesome,” Austin said. “Fifth all time in the 34-whatever year history of the show? That’s rad.”

If you want to catch him again, he'll be back on our screens next month, when he competes in the two-week Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions that starts Nov. 6.

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