Danger! Ken Jennings of the Masters tournament has a surprising reaction to fans who are enthusiastic about the participant after his sudden departure

KEN Jennings has apparently shared his very own crush on a toppled Jeopardy! Masters candidate.

The danger! The presenter supported a fan who was saddened by the player’s departure.

DANGER! Masters has already said goodbye to its two weakest competitors


DANGER! Masters has already said goodbye to its two weakest competitorsPhoto credit: Getty
Former champion Sam Buttery was eliminated in sixth place


Former champion Sam Buttery was eliminated in sixth placePhoto credit: ABC

As a danger! The Masters is on its way, the show has reduced its previous champions from six to four.

The first to drop out of the competition after not winning a match at all was Sam Buttrey.

The professor, who has a big personality, was one of the most popular returnees and fans online lamented his loss.

One person in particular referred to Sam with a more fatherly tone.

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“‘That’s dad’ – me whenever Sam Buttrey is on screen,” explained a Twitter user named Louis Peitzman.

Calling a celebrity “father” or “mother” is a colloquial sign of affection.

Ken should know because he liked the tweet that reaffirmed Louis in his positive dad issues.

See you then, SAM

Sam was the first of the six players eliminated from the Masters tournament.

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During Sam’s final question-and-answer session on the special, he took the time to thank the writers — while Matt took a moment to thank none other than Sam.

Sam defeated 38-time champion Matt in the 2022 Tournament of Champions, but Matt said even in light of that, and even considering he’s “a humble postdoc while Sam is a professor,” there are no negative feelings on the board.

Sam is the “dearest friend I’ve found in Jeopardy!” He said, “Thank you, Sam.”

“Oh, give up!” Buttrey replied and they embraced winningly between the podiums.

“I loved the hug between Sam and Matt,” one fan tweeted.

“Sam’s thanks to the writers is the kindest thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time,” wrote another.

“Ugh, such a healing moment. There needs to be more hugs when there is danger.”

“Omfg MATT AND SAM’S FRIENDSHIP I didn’t expect to cry”

By the end of the game, Matt was ahead with two impressive daily double wins and finished with a profit of $31,000.

Matt also drew James Holzhauer into the act with his reply, writing, “Unlike James, I’m too posh to write a joke reply.”

Ken said it was an “absolute delight” to have Sam in his farewell and said he was “absolutely a master” when he was eliminated.


Sam is Associate Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

In 2021, Buttrey took home $100,000 after winning the Professor’s Tournament.

The following year, he won an additional $50,000 as the second TOC runner-up, bringing his grand total to $150,000 – though there was a hotly contested Biblical Final Jeopardy that tournament fans accused of “robbing” Sam of the win have.

Sam has a big personality, likes to joke that he looks like Steve Martin and shouts “Bring It!” to the last clue on the board, which has become something of a Masters mantra.

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He even has a Soundcloud rap career on the side and is sure to be a fan favorite on his third appearance, win or lose.

A Facebook user recently wrote: “Sam may be in last place but that’s certainly no shame, these six all earned their place in the tournament. Great TV!”

Sam and host Ken Jennings share a unique friendship


Sam and host Ken Jennings share a unique friendshipPhoto credit: Danger!
Fans are crazy about retro photos of sexy Sam


Fans are crazy about retro photos of sexy SamPhoto credit: Samuel E Buttrey
Matt Amodio hugged Sam after his last game


Matt Amodio hugged Sam after his last game


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: celine@dailynationtoday.com.

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