Jeopardy! TOC Player Apologizes for 'Loud,' 'Gonna Go for the Kill' Behavior
18th May 2021

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions finalist Ryan Bilger is sorry if he “ruined” your viewing experience by being a bit too “loud” and “excited” — and deciding to “go for the kill” — during Monday night’s episode.

En route to winning $32,405 and advancing to the semifinals, Bilger of Macungie, Pa. at one point beat his chest in anticipation of acing a question, and at another point told 2017 TOC champ/guest host Buzzy Cohen, “I’m gonna go for the kill” as he wagered $6,000 on a Daily Double. (Watch clips down below.)

In a thread of tweets late Monday, in the wake of much backlash to his bravado, Bilger wrote:

I see there’s a lot of people out there who are displeased with me after Jeopardy tonight…. Look, I get it. I had a ton of adrenaline flowing through my veins. I got a Daily Double on a piece of Pennsylvania history I’ve known since I was a child. I was playing better than I ever expected. Yes, I got pretty loud and excited, I get that that’s not what many people want out of Jeopardy. I’d take back the [“Go for the kill”] comment on the second DD if I could. I was just in the moment and so excited to play because I’d been waiting for it for 2 years and had lots of pent-up energy. Not saying it’s a valid excuse, but yeah…

Watch cips and read more of his apology below.

With a nod to Monday-night rivals Jason Zuffranieri (of Albuquerque) and Sarah Jett Rayburn (of Hutto, Texas), Bilger said:

I’ve talked with Jason and I’ve talked with Sarah and they’ve been very clear that they have no problems with me, that we were competitors in a competitive space and that getting excitable is understandable, that I have nothing to apologize to them for. So that’s that with them….

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“For everyone else, hey, sorry that I ruined your Jeopardy watching night,” he added. “I get it. If you want to make imputations about my character, then fine, but you can do it to my face. I know who I am and this TOC field is an amazing group of people and I’m honored to be a part of it…. See you next week through the TV, whether you like me or hate me.”

Watch Ryan come out of the final round victorious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpkoyXdS20Q

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