Arthur Chu talks ‘Jeopardy!’ and retirement

This image released by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows host Alex Trebek with contestant Arthur Chu in front of a total of his winnings at a taping of "Jeopardy," in Culver City, Calif. Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated. Chu finished in third place with zero dollars on the Wednesday, March 12, 2014, edition of the syndicated quiz show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200. (AP Photo/Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
Arthur Chu looks toward the future

wtopstaff | November 15, 2014 1:45 am

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WASHINGTON — Yeah, Arthur Chu made $297,000 on “Jeopardy!”, but he isn’t looking to splurge any time soon.

He wants to take his wife to China to see family. “I’m just trying to play it safe,” Chu tells WTOP’s Mike Murillo. “I’m thinking about retirement and building a financial cushion with that money.”

Chu made waves this past winter with his unconventional style of play, in which he jumped from category to category, which prevented his opponents from finding Daily Doubles.

The style, named after former “Jeopardy!” champion Chuck Forrest, was chastised on social media. Critics argued that Chu made it tougher for contestants, as well as those trying to follow the show at home.

Chu was defeated last week after an 11-game winning streak. Listen to Chu’s full interview with Murillo.

WTOP’S Mike Murillo contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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