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Regular Season Resumes Monday, May 31, with Episodes Guest Hosted by Mayim Bialik

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 28, 2021) ­– Sam Kavanaugh bested Jennifer Quail and Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Friday night to become the winner of the JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions presented by Consumer Cellular. Sam Kavanaugh, a substitute teacher from Carlton, Minn., won the $250,000 grand prize; Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Mich., claimed $100,000 for her second-place finish, while Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a reference and instruction librarian from Portland, Ore., placed third to earn $50,000.


The 10-day tournament was hosted by JEOPARDY! All-Star Buzzy Cohen.


The $250,000 grand prize will be matched by JEOPARDY! and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, in honor of Alex Trebek. The Trebek Center will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training, and medical care. 


It's so wonderful that JEOPARDY! is supporting Hope of the Valley's - The Trebek Center in Northridge, CA,” Jean Trebek said of the donation. “The show's generosity continues to reflect Alex's desire to assist underrepresented communities.”


On Monday, May 31st, acclaimed actress, podcast host, author, and neurobiologist Mayim Bialik will step in behind the lectern. She chose the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to receive a donation equal to the winnings of each of the contestants that appear on JEOPARDY! while she takes her turn as guest host. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.


Currently, Bialik is starring in and executive producing “Call Me Kat” on Fox, which was recently picked up for a second season. She is also known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” and lead role in the sitcom “Blossom.”  Outside of the realm of television, she also recently launched her podcast on mental health titled “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”


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To learn more about the benefitting charities, please follow the links below:

Hope of The Valley Trebek Center:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):


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JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show™ is in its 37th season in syndication. With a weekly audience of 24 million viewers, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has received numerous awards and honors. The show holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show, and it received a Peabody Award for “celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Media Ventures and internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, both units of ViacomCBS. For more information, please visit


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Director of Communications | JEOPARDY!

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Senior Publicity Manager | JEOPARDY!

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