Although Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio’s win streak came to an end, one contestant recently shared how intimidating it was to face off against the game show legend.
Amodio secured his name in Jeopardy!‘s history books with a 38-game winning streak. His run was good enough for second place on the game show’s all-time wins list. In fact, he only trails Jeopardy! icon Ken Jennings who won 74 straight games back in 2004.
Additionally, the Yale Ph.D. student appeared on the game show for so long that his run overlapped two seasons and multiple hosts. Since Amodio was on the show for such a lengthy amount of time, many competitors knew of the Jeopardy! champ when they arrived on set.
Earlier this week, The Columbus Dispatch spoke to Ohio native Tyler Seiple who competed against Amodio. Like many other contestants, he’s a huge fan of the show and watched Amodio’s win streak on TV. Seiple taped his episode in August, which ended up being Amodio’s 37th win, just one before Amodio’s final victory. But upon arriving at the studio for taping, Seiple said he and the other contestants knew they had next to no chance of winning with Amodio still there.
“As you heard us all applauding for Matt to get another Daily Double, We were all thinking, “Oh man. That’s me next,” Seiple said to the outlet. “When I walked in the studio, I saw other contestants look over and their faces fell when they saw him still there.
“He was so well-calibrated to the game,” Seiple added. “I just wanted to go up there and do my best. I was able to enjoy it and do my best. I had no illusions of winning, but I didn’t despair when losing.”
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Current champion Jonathan Fisher is an actor from Coral Gables, Fla. He’s now most well-known for being the man that took down Matt Amodio on his 39th appearance, which ended his winning streak at 38. Similar to other contestants like Tyler Seiple, Fisher went into the show assuming he’d be one-and-done with Amodio still competing.
“I was expecting to do one show and have a great experience, and go home,” Jonathan admitted. “So, hopefully, I can kind of keep it going and see. But honestly, it’s probably not going to get better than that first show.”
After Fisher upset Amodio, he looked like he was about to faint at his podium. The Floridian felt like every viewer in the audience and fan at home, he too was stunned he actually beat the champ.
“I’m still processing it,” Fisher said, according to a post-game Jeopardy! interview. “It was such a close game with Matt and with Jessica too that I went into a fugue state.”