‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Jonathan Fisher Calls Matt Amodio a ‘Tough Act to Follow’

by Thad Mitchell

The hit game show “Jeopardy!” has been on a real tear as of late with back-to-back historic winning streaks from Matt Amodio and Jonathan Fisher.

Amodio rocked the “Jeopardy!” world with his winning ways, making game show history before tasting defeat. Amodio won 38 consecutive matches before his winning streak was snapped. That number of consecutive victories places him second on the all-time list behind only the legendary Ken Jennings. Largely considered the greatest game show contestant of all time, Jennings won 74-straight episodes in 2004. Along with racking up 38 victories, Amodio also racked more than $1.5 million in winnings. His historic run came to an end at the hands of Jonathan Fisher, a professional actor from Coral Gables, Florida.

Fisher would then go on a “Jeopardy!” run of his own to the amusement of game show fans around the world. He didn’t catch up to Amodio but 11-straight wins is nothing to scoff at. Fisher’s winning streak came to an end just a few days ago on Tuesday’s “Jeopardy!” episode. Afterward, he talked about what it was like to follow behind Amodio’s record-breaking performance.

“Matt was great,” Fisher says in a recent interview. “I think he came along at such a perfect time for the show since his skill and personality was able to refocus people’s attention back on the game and the contestants rather than on the hosting rotations or the behind-the-scenes drama.”

The 11-game winner says he hopes his own “Jeopardy!” run had a similar effect.

“In that way, I hope I was able to continue that a little bit and that will be the primary focus for the show going forward,” Fisher says.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Has High Praise For Matt Amodio

Fisher admits that Amodio was a tough “Jeopardy!” act to follow. One of the most dominant contestants of all time, Matt Amodio would have been tough for anyone to follow.

“In terms of playing, yeah he’s definitely a tough act to follow,” Fisher explains. “I don’t think I’m anywhere near his skill level, but our play styles and areas of expertise are very different, so I hope I was different enough from him to keep people engaged and similar enough that people didn’t want me to lose immediately.”

Now that the historic streak is over for both “Jeopardy!” champions, there is a new question on the minds of “Jeopardy!” watchers.

Will we get to see a rematch between Matt Amodio and Jonathan Fisher?

Both players are qualified for the upcoming “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions that will take place in 2022. It is no guarantee that the two champs will go head to head in the Tournament of Champions but it will be a spectacle if they do.

“Jeopardy!” fans certainly hope to see more of Matt Amodio and Jonathan Fisher and they are likely to get their wish.