Arthur Chu's run on 'Jeopardy!' has come to an end.
Arthur Chu, the 30-year-old trivia guru who won 11 straight games on Alex Trebek's Jeopardy! and accumulated nearly $300,000 in prize money, was finally beaten on Wednesday evening (March 13, 2014), finishing in third place with zero dollars.
Alex Trebek Finally Got Rid of Arthur Chu
The bold, brash Ohio quiz whiz polarized audiences during his time on the show and many harboured a desire to see Chu meet his match and lose. That eventually came in the form of Diana Peloquin, who finished with $15,700 to unseat the reigning champion and begin her own quest to eclipse legendary quiz king Ken Jennings, who won 74 times and amassed $2.5 million in 2004.
Chu had angered some viewers for his aggressive style of play, jumping around the board instead of traditionally knocking off an entire category. In fairness to the 30-year-old, he had always been open about researching the best methods to win the game show.
"It's a way to keep an edge on my opponents, keep them on their toes instead of making myself predictable," Chu told CNN's Jake Tapper last month, "It's one of the few choices you have in the game, is what clues you pick and, if you make yourself predictable, you give up a huge edge."
Chu also gained notoriety for being an outspoken Twitter user, describing himself as a "mad genius, comedian, actor and freelance voiceover artist" and regularly tweeting about his performance during tapes episodes.
Some users had begun the hashtag "IHateChu" while others branded him arrogant.
Nevertheless, it didn't seem to faze the Ohio man, who tweeted after his defeat:
"Just have to console myself with being a guest on #GoodMorningAmerica and #LiveWithKellyAndMichael and almost $300,000"
He is scheduled for a Reddit AMA on Thursday and promises, "This will be the 1st time I get to talk about @Jeopardy completely freely with no gag order, so have at it, fellows"