Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!

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Is the latest ‘Jeopardy!’ champion a lovable weirdo or an obnoxious child?

Austin Rogers cannot be stopped or contained.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 5, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:15 pm CDT

New York bartender Austin Rogers is gaining a rabid online fan base after a week-long winning streak on Jeopardy! Rogers, who has won a total of $278,300 so far, is known for his confidence, hand gestures, big wagers, and general quirkiness. On Twitter, there’s a hashtag for him, #austinonjeopardy, which the contestant himself uses when talking about the show.

In the bio of his personal Twitter profile, Rogers jokingly takes credit for things he did not create: “MC. Writer of Black and Yellow. Owner/Executive Chef, Nobu. Architect of Falling Water and Burj Khalifa.”

This is the style of humor that has made the internet both love and hate him.

His popularity is fueled by GIFs and memes of his moments on Jeopardy!

His fans are enthusiastic.

But there are others who dislike Rogers.

Some people called him racist and referenced a joke he made about the Dalai Lama.

Others called him a hipster, and Rogers responded to the accusation. Apparently, he is not a hipster.

He also doesn’t make fancy cocktails. “I’m a bartender,” he told one fan. “Not a mixologist.”

And he doesn’t care if you hate him.

Whether you think he’s brilliant or annoying, Rogers is still winning a good chunk of change from knowing a lot of random facts.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2017, 11:29 am CDT