“Jeopardy!” champ Arthur Chu was defeated by Diana Peloquin on the popular game show on ABC television after he won the game for 12 days. In the time he continually won the game - and before he was faced with Diana Peloquin - he accumulated $297,200 in prize money, according to ABC on Wednesday.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek summed it up by saying that Chu had “a great run.” On Chu’s final appearance on Wednesday, he came in third place with $0, however. He was at $6,400 going into the Final Jeopardy question and risked it all. The question he lost his money on during his last day on the show was: “He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales.” The answer was George VI.
Of the three contestants, only the new champion, Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Michigan – got the answer correct.
Chu made headlines in the first few days he was on the show by playing the game unconventionally. Rather than starting at the top of the board and working down a category as is traditionally done by players, he jumped around the board to allegedly ‘throw off’ the other players. Naturally, Chu’s method of playing the game didn’t sit well with host Alex Trebek or the staff of the show either. By bouncing around the board, both Trebek and his staff had to work harder to jump with Chu’s madness across the playing board. “Jeopardy!” viewers were critical of Chu as well, thinking he was being disrespectful of the game as it is almost always played.
Chu is a 30-year-old resident of Broadview Heights, Ohio.