Two Jeopardy! icons, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, faced off in the show's first-ever team championship

By Aurelie Corinthios
March 07, 2019 11:09 AM

Fans of Jeopardy! got to watch an epic clash of the titans on Tuesday’s All-Star Games finale.

With $1 million at stake, two Jeopardy! icons, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, faced off in the show’s first-ever team championship hosted by Alex Trebek, who revealed he’s been diagnosed with cancer just a few days later.

Ultimately, Rutter and his teammates, David Madden and Larissa Kelly, won, splitting the $1 million grand prize. Jennings and his teammates, Matt Jackson and Monica Thieu, split $300,000, and Colby Burnett, coming in third place, split $100,000 with teammates Pam Mueller and Alan Lin.

According to the Associated Press, Rutter entered the contest as the top winner on any game show with a haul of $4.3 million in regular and tournament Jeopardy! play. Jennings was a 74-game winner and top moneymaker in the quiz show’s non-tournament competition with $2.5 million.

But there’s no hard feelings between the two legends: Jennings tweeted his heartfelt congratulations to Rutter after the show.

“Congrats to Team Brad for their well-deserved Jeopardy victory tonight,” he wrote. “What a team.”

“At this point I’ve seen @bradrutter win Jeopardy tournaments so many unlikely ways that nothing surprises me,” he added. “Whatever his belief system is is definitely the correct one and we should all adopt it.”