‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio ‘Feeds’ Off of Show’s Fans Making Fun of Him

by Jonathan Howard
jeopardy-champ-matt-amodio-feeds-off-show-fans-making-fun-of-him

Now that Matt Amodio is number three in total wins ever on Jeopardy! fans are really getting to know him. All the criticism he faces bounces right off. In fact, the negative comments from viewers and others have motivated Amodio during his run as champion. That negative motivation has led to one of the most amazing runs in the history of the show amid the most unstable time in the history of the show.

While the mild-mannered Ph.D. student from Yale doesn’t scream controversy, some viewers don’t like him. For whatever reason, mostly because people like trolling on the internet, there has been a trend on Twitter. Commenting “What’s Matt?” any time he comes up on social media has become a small trend. However, it doesn’t bother Amodio that much. Look at the pics in the Instagram post below.

It’s great that Matt isn’t upset about the negativity.

“I get a lot of ‘What’s Matt’ and I think they’re trying to be mean but I’ve just kind of taken it on my own so it feeds me. I like it,” his response read on the post.

Among the other questions posed, were “Have you heard from any celebrities,” as well as “If you could have walk-up music, what song would you choose?” All that Matt Amodio cares about is being able to get a tweet back from Ken Jennings. He looks up to the former Jeopardy! champion and has appreciated even the limited interaction he has had with him. If he keeps winning, Jennings will be the new host soon enough.

Matt Amodio Becomes Third All-Time in Consecutive Wins

With his latest victory, Matt Amodio has surpassed all but two former contestants in the history of Jeopardy! His streak has risen to 20 games total which is amazing. The only two contestants ahead of Amodio in wins are James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings. It is going to be a wild ride to move up to number two and a very long time to pass the GOAT.

Holzhauer famously won 32 games in a row while going all-in whenever possible. That was back in 2019, however, Jennings’ record is outstanding. While Amodio is having a great run, he will have to win 54 more games. That’s right, the record in 74 set back in that famous 2004 run. The only way he is going to be able to do it is one game at a time. He sure seems to know what he is doing. From here on out, he is getting into rarely charted territory.

So, keep up with Matt Amodio as new episodes are back. While the Mike Richards episodes are airing right now, Mayim Bialik, as well as Ken Jennings, are set to host for the rest of the year. That will give a good look at what the next era of Jeopardy! will look like. How many hosts can Amodio play through?

Outsider.com