Former “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio has gone back to his role as a private citizen with his record run now over.
Amodio gave us several thrilling moments during his record winning streak, which came to an end last week. The now “Jeopardy!” legend won 38 straight episodes, the second most ever consecutive wins. With the streak, he passed fellow legendary “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer in the record books. Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler won 32 straight matches in 2019. He ranks behind only Ken Jennings in the game show’s record books.
Jennings is considered the greatest game show contestant of all time and won 74 straight games in 2004. Amodio was able to rack up a huge sum of money from his winning streak, taking in more than $1.5 million in cash winnings. He plans on saving his winnings and recently said he hopes to never have to touch the money anytime soon.
His historic “Jeopardy!” run might be over, but the limelight will continue to follow Matt Amodio wherever he goes. Much like Holzhauer and Jennings, Amodio’s social media pages are a must-follow for game show enthusiasts. Blessed with great intellect and a sense of humor, Amodio’s Twitter is full of wit. His latest social media post came after yesterday’s (Tuesday) “Jeopardy!” episode concluded. He had a hilarious joke loaded and ready to do upon the Final “Jeopardy!” clue.
“I thought about telling Hannibal Lecter that only MDs should be called “Dr.” but decided not to try him,” Amodio says in the post. The answer to the “Jeopardy!” clue is author Thomas Harris and the clue is, of course, referring to his popular character, Hannibal Lecter.
‘Jeopardy!’ Has a New Champion With a Hot Streak of His Own
Matt Amodio won 38 consecutive “Jeopardy!” matches before finally losing last Monday. He’ll live in history as one of the greatest players to ever play the popular quiz show. It is also likely that we have not seen the last of Amodio’s success on “Jeopardy!” as he will most certainly return for special editions of the show like the Tournament of Champions.
In his final episode, Amodio was defeated by Jonathan Fisher, an actor from Coral Gables, Florida. Now, Fisher is on a streak of his own with seven straight victories under his belt. He will appear on “Jeopardy!” once again this evening with a fresh set of competitors. He will look to make it eight in a row tonight.
“Jeopardy!” fans are hoping we get to see Fisher and Amodio lock horns again. It is a strong possibility with both heading to the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Until then, it will interesting to see how far Fisher can take his winning streak.