'Jeopardy!' fans react to stunning development, and an unexpected 'd--- tree' moment

(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on further if you don’t want to know what happened on Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”)

“Jeopardy!” said goodbye to a sensation on Thursday — but it said hello to an intriguing new phrase.

New York bartender Austin Rogers ended a thrill-packed 13-day run on the game show on Thursday’s episode, finally falling to defeat thanks to a stay-at-home mom from Tennessee.

Rogers, who went into the episode with an 11-day total of $411,000, came up with the correct answer in Final Jeopardy, nearly doubling his haul for the day for a total of $33,150.

However, it wasn’t enough to surpass stay-at-home mom Scarlett, who also came up with the correct question in the Movie History category (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) for a total of $33,201.

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Austin Rogers' best moments on 'Jeopardy!'
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Austin Rogers' best moments on 'Jeopardy!'
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"How did you become so smart?" "Genetics, luck, karma..." #austinonjeopardy
They don't even want to look at him 😂 #austinonjeopardy https://t.co/3fvFG3LhkU
I have ALWAYS used the term SherBERT. Who the hell says SherBET? I guess us east coasters are odd.#AustinRogers… https://t.co/QfOAznZcf8
Austin Rogers eats up contestants, chews them up, & spits them out. Those who play against him are not worthy.… https://t.co/218k2k8jbo
I claim BS! Tacos are the answer to everything! #austinonjeopardy #jeopardy #AustinRogers https://t.co/4xFg4YdZAT
Trebek is in awe, and he should be. #jeopardy #austinonjeopardy #AustinRogers https://t.co/7Eb14KFtbt
Tomorrow. Get ready for :22 minutes of this garbage. #austinonjeopardy @Jeopardy @GafWest @NYCFC… https://t.co/6MkuCvvEDQ
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Before he bid adieu to the game show, however, Rogers helped give birth to the unlikely “Jeopardy!” phrase “d— tree.”

The magic moment came as Rogers attempted to cough up a response to a question in the Tree category, with the clue referring to “slang for a detective.”

Rogers flailed, offering, “What is a, oh god, a d—?”

To which host Alex Trebek replied, “I know nothing about a d— tree, but there is a gum tree, or gumshoe.”

Fans were quick to react to both Rogers’ loss and the “d— tree” moment on social media.

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Funniest 'Jeopardy!' moments of all time
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Alex Trebek tryin' to be a cool host

He adorably rapped lyrics by hip-hop artists Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Desiigner and Kanye West.

All we have to say: Hahahahaha

Watson's Final Jeopardy answer fail 

Did that really happen!?

The worst trio of contestants ever to appear on the show

WE. CAN'T. EVEN.

Ken Jennings' epic answer

Watch for yourself ... no words can do it justice. 

An epic Alex Trebek burn

"Hahahaha, no."

Wolf Blitzer loses $4,600 in the first round

GET. IT. TOGETHER.

A rare, three-way $0 finish

Silly kids! For the first time in a tournament semifinal match, all three contestants ended up with no money.

Contestant makes poop joke

One contestant had quite the potty mouth on this 1986 episode.

Teen contestant drops F-bomb: 'Oh f-ck!'

Yup, our thoughts exactly. 

Alex Trebek starts a show without pants

Maybe he isn't all that uptight after all!

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“Alex Trebek saying ‘d— tree’ is the best thing that’s happened today,” enthused one viewer.

“Alex said ‘I’ve never heard of a D— tree’ HILARIOUS,” opined another.

As for Rogers’ defeat, reaction was mixed.

“I’m so mad Austin is no longer on @Jeopardy! He actually made it exciting to watch. Scarlett will not so much#thanksforthedicktree,” one disappointed viewer lamented.

“Welp…#Jeopardy viewership will be down tomorrow. Thanks for the laughs #AustinRogers – the game will never be the same!” said another member of Team Austin.

“It was a good run, and he was a classy guy even when he was defeated,” noted another Rogers fan.

On the flip side of the coin, there was , “Yay, I can start watching #jeopardy again! Thanks Scarlett!”

“Oh thank God Austin is done #Jeopardy,” another viewer rejoiced.

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Reactions to Austin Rogers' 'Jeopardy!' loss
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Austin Rogers: Ultimately done in by a "dick tree." #jeopardy https://t.co/BPFspmb1wT
#jeopardy Alex said "I've never heard of a Dick tree" HILARIOUS
I'm so mad Austin is no longer on @Jeopardy! He actually made it exciting to watch. Scarlett will not so much#thanksforthedicktree #jeopardy
Welp…#Jeopardy viewership will be down tomorrow. Thanks for the laughs #AustinRogers - the game will never be the s… https://t.co/ZXH0xIExGD
It was a good run, and he was a classy guy even when he was defeated. #austinonjeopardy #jeopardy
Yay, I can start watching #jeopardy again! Thanks Scarlett! 😊
Oh thank God Austin is done #Jeopardy
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