‘Jeopardy!’ wants Steve Martin on show after doppelgänger wins

“Jeopardy!” is seeing double.

The game show is begging Steve Martin to come on following his doppelgänger Sam Buttrey’s recent win.

Buttrey, who is an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., won the Professors Tournament championship on Dec. 17, claiming the $100,000 grand prize.

Fans astutely noticed he looks very similar to the “Only Murders in the Building” actor, 76. The two men both have white hair, glasses and nearly identical facial features.

“So great to split the prize money with Sam!” the “Cheaper by the Dozen” star recently joked on Twitter.

The long-running game show then responded, “We would love to have you on ‘Jeopardy!’ anytime, in any capacity!”

Steve Martin joked that he’s sharing the winnings of “Jeopardy!” lookalike.
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Buttrey, for his part, is just happy to compete — with or without his look-alike.

“This has been the greatest time, and to come out ahead of all these other great players is something I’ll remember forever,” Buttrey gushed in a statement. “The group was uniformly so smart, charming, and warm, and there’s been a real feeling of camaraderie from the very beginning.”

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Ed Hashima, a professor of history at American River College, placed second and earned $50,000. Alisa Hove, a professor of botany at Warren Wilson College, came in third, taking home $25,000.
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The prof will next compete in the show’s Tournament of Champions, alongside contestants Matt Amodio, Jonathan Fisher, and current 13-game champion Amy Schneider.

“I know there are some strong players, but I want to go up against them,” Buttrey said. “I would like to play against Matt Amodio. He’s a strong player and I’d like to see how I can do.”

Fans tweeted out their hilarious reactions to Martin and Buttrey’s resemblance.

“Good to see Steve Martin doing well on Jeopardy #Jeopardy #SteveMartin,” one user wrote. Another joked, “Interesting new role for @SteveMartinToGo as college professor and @Jeopardy tournament semifinalist ‘Sam.’” One even suggested that Martin play Buttrey on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Mayim Bialik with Buttrey during the Professors Tournament championship
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Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are currently splitting the hosting gig and will be onstage throughout next year’s Season 38.

The series has yet to hire a permanent host after former EP Mike Richards stepped down earlier this year following the resurfacing of sexist comments he had made in 2014.




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