“Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio has been getting his fair share of trolling from other champs like James Holzhauer. But it’s nothing new.
Amodio, who is currently on a 33-game win streak, has beaten Holzhauer’s 32-game streak. He now holds the second-longest win streak in “Jeopardy!” history.
Ken Jennings still has the win-streak record at 74. Still, Amodio knows that the ribbing is part of the deal.
“I wouldn’t want James to be anything other than James,” he said in an interview with Newsweek. “I’m used to it because I have elder brothers. Also, snark and mocking have always been a part of how my friends and I communicate. James is conversing in a language that I am familiar with.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Said He’s Ready To Meet Holzhauer, Jennings Right Now
After winning on Friday’s show, Holzhauer had this to say on Twitter: “I’ve been betting sports since 2005 and this is the first time I’ve seen anyone hit a 33 game parlay. Congrats @AmodioMatt!” After that comment, though, James added this little nugget: “Still haven’t seen anyone hit one for more than $2.46MM though. Stay hungry!”
Amodio has not met Jennings or Holzhauer since reaching the high-winning mark on “Jeopardy!”
He’s ready to do so, though.
“I have still not actually met Ken or James, but I would absolutely love to,” Amodio said. “I also hope to meet some of the guest hosts I had again if they’ll have me on their shows!”
Current Champion Says Getting To Meet GOAT Champ ‘Would Be Rudy-Levels of Perfection’
Jennings has been named one of the “Jeopardy!” hosts this season along with actress Mayim Bialik. That happened in the wake of having host and executive producer Mike Richards kicked off the show.
Amodio said that getting a chance to meet the GOAT champ Jennings “under any circumstances would be a dream, but [having] it be under these circumstances would be Rudy-levels of perfection.”
The current “Jeopardy!” champ said he loved Jennings as host.
“Seeing him on a ‘Jeopardy!’ stage is like seeing a polar bear in the snow: it just looks right,” Amodio said.
He also said that he doesn’t think of himself as rich. But Amodio has amassed more than $2.5 million so far in winnings.
“I guess eventually it will start to sink in, but as of now, I still feel like a Ph.D. student with a small stipend,” Amodio wrote for Newsweek. “I’ve always tried to live on as little as possible and pocket away what I could for a rainy day. Now, my rainy day fund is overflowing.”
What is his financial goal when it comes to his time on “Jeopardy!”? Win one more dollar than Jennings’ total. Amodio gets back at it on Monday.