“Danger!” Champion Cris Pannullo opens up about ending his 21-game winning streak – and shadows the contestant who defeated him.
Pannullo, 38, ended his winning streak last Tuesday with a total win of $748,000. He lost to Andy Tirrell – who lost the following night.
The New Jersey fan-favorite admitted on Inside Jeopardy! Podcast that he still feels “amazing” and that the show is only over “for now” for him.
“Everyone loses on ‘Jeopardy!’ but very, very few people win 20 games, very few people win three-quarters of a million dollars or half a million dollars or a quarter of a million dollars or a hundred thousand dollars,” Pannullo told producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss. “I can’t help but be thrilled even though I just lost.”
When asked about his thoughts on Tirrell – who was a stand-in during the “Professors Tournament” – Pannullo appeared to throw a bit of shade.
“I loved his hair and his glasses,” he joked.
“He had a very strong college professor look and ended up being a really strong player.”
“His mind was just a little bit more open than mine at that moment,” Pannullo added around the moment he lost to Tirrell in Final Jeopardy!
“If I had opened my mind a bit more and not pigeonholed myself like that, I might have figured it out, but you can’t figure everything out,” the champion admitted.
However, Pannullo isn’t quite done with Jeopardy! still.
He’ll be returning to the Tournament of Champions next year – and host Ken Jennings is say already The tournament becomes “interesting” given Pannullo’s sixth place on the all-time list.
“It makes me a lot more optimistic just knowing I’m coming back and that’s not the end,” said the operations success manager. “I have a lot to learn and I’m going to ‘Jeopardy!’ go forward, scout my opponents.”
The winner of this year’s Tournament of Champions was Amy Schneider – the first openly transgender contestant to compete in the tournament. She won after six games and won the top prize of $250,000.
Foss wanted to know what Pannullo’s favorite part of his “Jeopardy!” journey was, and Pannullo jokingly replied “the money.”
“Every day was remarkable and just a dream come true,” he admitted.
Pannullo added that he continued his Jeopardy! legacy of being an “exciting” player who “punched it big when it counted and made the right decisions.” . . Someone worth watching from start to finish.”
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