How ‘Jeopardy!’ Hiatus During Matt Amodio’s Run Helped Him Out

by Madison Miller

Former “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio had such a long winning streak that it actually ended up bleeding into another season of the show.

Amodio continued to dominate over other contestants for 38 consecutive victories. Technically, they weren’t quite as consecutive as they seemed. His very first appearance on “Jeopardy!” aired on July 21. His streak then ended with the episode that aired on October 11.

Matt Amodio Strategically Used Hiatus

The “Jeopardy!” contestant, who now has $1.5 million from his time on the trivia show, got a massive break in between shows that other contestants haven’t gotten in the past.

This rare hiatus in his streak gave him a chance to recharge before continuing on “Jeopardy!” During a recent interview with Ohio State Arts and Sciences, Amodio revealed that he actually used that time to his advantage. He studied different areas he considered his “weakness.” This included different popular music and TV shows he felt like he was lacking knowledge of.

In addition, he also proceeded to binge-watch Netflix shows as well as the Summer Olympics. Luckily for Amodio, he would actually get hit with an Olympics category after the break. That means his little study hiatus would actually pay off for him.

“I would have known none of them if I hadn’t watched it, so that was really rewarding,” Amodio said.

In addition to the strange hiatus in between filming, Amodio also had to work around the fact that “Jeopardy!” was going through a lot of change and uncertainty at the time.

Amodio had a number of very different guest hosts behind the podium while he was there. That includes Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, Joe Buck, Mike Richards, and Mayim Bialik. Despite the number of host changes, Amodio was still able to perform exceptionally well.

He now has a place in the “Jeopardy!” hall of fame right behind Ken Jennings for the second-longest streak in the show’s history. He was able to just barely pass up James Holzhauer’s streak record but was far from beating Jennings’ 74-game streak. He is also now the tenth highest-earning contestant of all time across all American game shows.

Matt Amodio’s Loss on ‘Jeopardy!’

When Amodio did finally end up losing a game, therefore ending his streak, some fans had a hard time letting go.

Amodio spoke out a few hours after losing while fans were making several claims, including the fact that some people think he lost the game on purpose. “Congrats to today’s two brilliant challengers for making it an exciting game of #Jeopardy today! Let’s celebrate a match well played by Jonathan and Jessica [Stephens]!” he wrote on Twitter.

While his first response was to congratulate his fellow competitors for a good game, Amodio later reflected further. The next day he wrote, “People saying to me ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ has a different meaning than usual today. Perspective is important. I may not be gracing the #Jeopardy stage every day, but I’m still here!”