Ma­calester grad’s ‘Jeop­ardy’ run ends

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Watch­ing high-fiv­ing and clap­ping wildly at the end of Thurs­day’s episode of “Jeop­ardy,” you would have as­sumed the Ma­calester Col­lege grad had ex­tended his win­ning streak to 13.

He didn’t.

The reign of the for­mer St. Paul stu­dent, cur­rently a New York bar­tender, ended af­ter 12 episodes and $411,000 in win­nings. Only four con­tes­tants in the show’s his­tory have won more games or more money.

a mom from Ten­nessee, ended up with $33,201, enough to inch out Rogers’ $33,150 for the up­set. Sims took an early lead thanks to her deep knowl­edge of pop cul­ture, clean­ing up on a cat­e­gory about fel­low Ten­nessean And the now for­mer champ blanked a cou­ple of times af­ter buzzing in and blew an early Daily Dou­ble when he failed to rec­og­nize a sculp­ture of a musk ox, which just hap­pens to be host fa­vorite an­i­mal.

“I set my­self a goal of two wins, and I ex­ceeded that ex­pec­ta­tion,” Rogers said in a news re­lease. “I mean, I al­ways wanted val­i­da­tion that I’m smarter than ev­ery­one, and now, when in an ar­gu­ment, I can just say ‘SCORE­BOARD!’ and point to an imag­i­nary Jum­botron.”

Rogers will have a chance to add to his for­tune, though; he’s al­ready qual­i­fied for the show’s Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons, which airs in Novem­ber.

Austin Rogers Scar­lett Sims, Alex Tre­bek’s

Af­ter a sus­pen­sion ear­lier in the day from Twit­ter, ac­tress force­fully re-emerged Thurs­day, stat­ing: “HW raped me.” “HW” was ap­par­ently in ref­er­ence to Har­vey We­in­stein, the em­bat­tled for­mer We­in­stein Co. co-chair­man. The New York Times ear­lier re­ported that We­in­stein paid a set­tle­ment of $100,000 to Mc­Gowan in 1997. That set­tle­ment in­cluded pro­vi­sions about speak­ing about the case in the fu­ture.

Rose Mc­Gowan Dolly Par­ton. CMT to fo­cus awards show on vic­tims

CMT is for­go­ing for­mal award pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing this year’s Artists of the Year show and de­vot­ing the en­tire live show to “a night of hope and heal­ing through the power of mu­sic” fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas. The cable net­work said the for­mat for the Oct. 18 show will fo­cus on the fans and those af­fected by re­cent hur­ri­canes and wild­fires.

Bruno Mars is the top nom­i­nee with eight nods at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, while The Chainsmok­ers, Drake, Ken­drick La­mar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nom­i­na­tions apiece. Keith Ur­ban leads coun­try artists with three nom­i­na­tions. The show, whose win­ners are de­ter­mined by fan votes, will broad­cast live at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.

The Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion said for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton will present an honorary prize to Scholastic Inc. CEO Richard Robin­son at the Nov. 15 awards cer­e­mony in New York City. Os­car win­ner Anne Hath­away will in­tro­duce nov­el­ist An­nie Proulx as she re­ceives a life­time achieve­ment medal.


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Austin Rogers, with host Alex Tre­bek, ended his reign on “Jeop­ardy” Thurs­day af­ter 12 episodes.


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