For the sixth time in Jeopardy! history, there was no champion on Monday night

By Lydia Price
Updated January 19, 2016 03:05 PM
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What is a bad idea?

That would be betting all of your money on Final Jeopardy! – at least if you were one of the game show’s three unlucky contestants on Monday night.

Claudia Corriere and Mike Drummond, who were both returning champions, along with challenger Randi Kristensen, managed a three-way tie for last place after finding themselves stumped by the final clue of the night. Because each of them had bet their entire earnings on the question, they all walked away with a score of $0 after botching their answers.

The prompt that proved to be their mutual downfall? “A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a president whose library is now there too.” The correct answer was Little Rock, Arkansas, the president in question being Bill Clinton.

Because Corriere and Drummond were tied, betting the entire amount of their score was actually the typical, logical decision. But Kristensen, who was far behind the pair, had no reason to place such a high bet, as she simply needed them both to answer incorrectly to manage a win.

Since there is no champion to return, Jeopardy! will welcome an entirely new batch of competitors on Tuesday night, who’ll hopefully learn from their predecessors’ mistakes.

This was only the sixth time in the show’s history that an episode has ended without a winner.