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'Jeopardy!' champs discussed GOAT strategy, reuniting with Alex Trebek

PASADENA, Calif. – The “Jeopardy!” GOAT tourney has been a mix of knowledge, strategy and a bit of emotion for the popular quiz show’s three biggest money winners.

Champs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter joined host Alex Trebek and executive producer Harry Friedman at the Television Critics Association Wednesday to discuss ABC’s “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” a rare prime time, broadcast network platform for the popular quiz show.

Jennings won Tuesday’s first match of the potentially best-of-seven tournament, which drew big ratings, with the third scheduled for Thursday (8 EST/PST). 

Although the GOAT contestants received their due at the panel, Trebek’s exalted status and his public battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer received the bulk of the attention. That reality wasn’t lost on the players as they competed in the pre-taped matches.  

More:‘Jeopardy!’ recap: Who won Night 1 of the quiz show’s ‘Greatest of All Time’ tournament?

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“He’s not going to be hosting the show forever. It’s made it that much more special to come and see him and watch him do his thing. He’s absolutely the best who’s ever done it,” Rutter said.

The competitors took issue with Trebek’s self-criticism after the exacting host said he felt his illness had a small effect – “I seemed a little slower in the ad-lib portions” – during the tapings.

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