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Jeopardy contestant kicks off show by asking his girlfriend to marry him in sweet on-air proposal

‘What is yes!’: Florida Jeopardy contestant kicks off show by asking his girlfriend to marry him in sweet on-air proposal

  • Michael Pascuzzi proposed to his girlfriend Maria Shafer on Thursday’s Jeopardy
  • During the show, Pascuzzi asked Alex Trebek if he could ask Shafer a question
  • ‘I wanna ask if she would make me a winner today and marry me,’ he said
  • Shafer smiled and gave a quick yes, adding: That would be, what is yes’

Some Jeopardy contestants walk away with prize money, but Florida native Michael Pascuzzi left the stage Thursday night with a new fiance. 

During the show, host Alex Trebek says that he usually likes to interview guests using ‘little bits of information’ they give to producers but Pascuzzi did not provide any. 

‘So what do you want to talk about,’ Trebek asks. 

Michael Pascuzzi proposed to his girlfriend on Thursday’s episode of Jeopardy

Before the show kicked off, he asked his girlfriend Maria Shafer to marry him

Before the show kicked off, he asked his girlfriend Maria Shafer to marry him

'What is yes': Shafer quickly accepted the marriage proposal giving him a big yes 

‘What is yes’: Shafer quickly accepted the marriage proposal giving him a big yes 

Pascuzzi tells Trebek he can fill in but wants to ask his girlfriend Maria Shafer a question.

The camera pans to the audience and shows Shafer smiling and covering her mouth with her hand. She gives a quick wave to Trebek as Pascuzzi pops the big question. 

‘I wanna ask if she would make me a winner today and marry me,’ he says as the audience claps.

Shafer, who looks shocked, grins and tells him ‘yes, of course’. 

Pascuzzi (center) ultimately placed second, but we're sure Shafer's answer made him feel like a winner

Pascuzzi (center) ultimately placed second, but we’re sure Shafer’s answer made him feel like a winner

The happy couple got engaged during Thursday's episode of Jeopardy 

The happy couple got engaged during Thursday’s episode of Jeopardy 

She adds: ‘That would be, what is yes.’ 

Trebek jokingly tells her: ‘I was about to say we’ll have the answer to that question right after this commercial break.’ He then congratulates the happy couple. 

Pascuzzi ultimately placed second, but we’re sure Shafer’s answer made him feel like a winner. 

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