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James Holzhauer isn’t going quietly into that ‘Jeopardy!’ night

Leaked ‘Jeopardy!’ footage appears to show James Holzhauer losing, falling short of Ken Jennings’ all-time winnings record
“Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer during his 32-win run on the show.
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James Holzhauer, who was bumped Monday from the “Jeopardy!” throne he had owned through 32 consecutive episodes, went on a Twitter tear after the news was official, posting memes and other self-effacing jokes about his impressive run and ultimate loss.

Through it all, he showed great respect for the new champ, librarian Emma Boettcher. Here are some highlights from his social-media feed.

“CONGRATULATIONS to Emma on a world-beating performance. There’s no greater honor than knowing an opponent had to play a perfect game to defeat me,” Holzhauer tweeted Monday night.

He followed with an explanation: “‘James will eventually beat himself by flubbing one of his big bets.’ Nope, James got his ass kicked straight up by an elite player who nailed her own big bets.”

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He retweeted a meme paying homage to Boettcher’s giant-killer status — in it she was decked out as Bane, one of Batman’s worst nemeses.

Then he got a tad snarky, answering a woman who posited that he had lost on purpose because his daughter wanted him to come home and “money isn’t everything.”

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“Sure, I could stick around and play a game that pays me $150,000 per hour, but I’d really rather get toys thrown at my crotch for free,” wrote the 34-year-old professional gambler, whose winnings totaled $2,462,216, plus $2,000 for coming in second on Monday. That’s just short of Ken Jennings’ $2,520,700 haul earned over 74 wins.

He admitted that 2004 champ Jennings still holds the top-earnings title, even if it took Jennings 42 more games to get there. Do we sense a Holzhauer-Jennings match on the horizon?

Holzhauer gave the conspiracy theorists a few joking nods, too.

Alas, by the time the 10 o’clock hour rolled around Tuesday, Holzhauer was a little punchy, tweeting out a link to an Onion article about “Jeopardy!” as well as, well, this:

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“Jeopardy!” is making Holzhauer’s entire final episode available online through Friday, but if you just want the highlights — beyond the leaked clip that was making the rounds before the show aired — Holzhauer provided a highlight reel as well. Check it out below.

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