America’s favorite game show got even better this year. Of course, “Jeopardy!” will never be the same without the lovable host Alex Trebek, however, the plethora of guest hosts and game show contestants have been really fun to watch unfold. This also includes Matt Amodio. The Yale Ph.D candidate showed his dedication to the game with 38 wins in a row.
For awhile, the champ seemed unstoppable. That is until he was defeated by Jonathan Fisher. However, Amodio has had a positive attitude about his run on “Jeopardy!” In a recent Twitter post, Amodio responded to former guest host Buzzy Cohen noting his ‘Twitter game.”
“Just remembered that I guest hosted #Jeopardy. That was so cool!” Cohen tweeted.
“I have so much to learn from your twitter game,” Amodio commented.
New Streak for Champion?
While Amodio’s run on the show was the longest in quite awhile, he still comes in second place to the legend Ken Jennings. Jennings had a massive 74-episode streak, nearly double what Amodio was able to do. In that time, he warned well over $2 million. However, “Jeopardy!” fans loved Amodio’s game style and quirks. He was often laughing and smiling throughout the show – and of course – tweeting about his experience.
Though his reign as champion came to an end, even host Mayim Bialik had to say something about his run, while also congratulating Fisher for his upset.
“There have been some shocking upsets over the years on Jeopardy!,” she said. “And I definitely was not prepared for what we witnessed in a highly competitive game. Our new champion, Jonathan Fisher, unseated Matt Amodio who reigned on the Jeopardy! stage for 38 straight shows. Is this the beginning of a new streak?”
The star was candid about his wins on the show. He also claims with every win there also came a bit of nervousness because he knew a loss was eventually coming. The star says he’s just “riding the wave” of his success.
“I think the only thing that’s changed really is how much attention I’m getting,” Amodio said. “But it hasn’t changed my day-to-day or hour-to-hour life all that much … I had something happen that made me popular, and then as that thing becomes farther and farther away in time, I will become less and less popular. I know that I don’t have to acclimate to the changes too much. Just trying to ride the wave and enjoy it.”
Whatever the case, we wish Jonathan Fisher luck as he continues to kill it “Jeopardy!” style. The champ has won 10 games in a row, letting Amodio know he’s not the only one who can keep a streak going. Perhaps Bialik was right. At the end of the day, someone has to win.