‘Jeopardy!’ Legend James Holzhauer Roasts Current Champ Matt Amodio

by Clayton Edwards

Matt Amodio has been catching the eyes and minds of Jeopardy! fans since he started his streak. More recently, he moved into the show’s pantheon of greats. He has pulled off 23 consecutive wins so far. That puts him in the top-three for the most wins. Currently, he’s right behind James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings. However, he has a long way to go to catch up with the two top dogs.

Amodio might have to win several games to catch up with the two legends, but they’re definitely taking notice. Each one of them has acknowledged him in their own way. Ken Jennings gave him a shout-out on Twitter. That may have been the highlight of Amodio’s Jeopardy! run. Earlier today, James Holzhauer fired a good-natured shot at the current champ. So, you could say that Amodio has finally made it. Check out Holzhauer’s hilarious tweet below.

The tweet contains photos of Amodio and Holzhauer. Both photos show their 23-day winnings. There’s definitely a difference there. In fact, there’s a $954,436 difference between their totals. With that kind of discrepancy, no one could blame James for flexing on the current champ. The caption, though, is the best part. “When you order something online vs. when it arrives,” James Holzhauer wrote, comparing his 23-day run with Amodio’s.

However, Matt Amodio shouldn’t take offense to basically being called the Wish version of James Holzhauer. In fact, if you look at James’ Twitter feed, you’ll see that it’s a bit of a rite of passage to be roasted by the former champ. He has ribbed fellow Jeopardy! greats Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings several times. Even the official Jeopardy! Twitter account chimed in.

James Holzhauer’s Twitter Jabs Aren’t Always Good-Natured

It seems like James Holzhauer tosses fun jabs at people he sees as an equal. At the very least, he roasts folks that he respects. However, sometimes James fires shots on Twitter that aren’t quite so light-hearted.

When Mike Richards stepped down as the show’s host, James Holzhauer was there to throw salt in his wound. He tweeted, “I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner,” echoing the sentiment that the selection process was rigged.

When we learned that Mike Richards would still hold his executive producer spot, Holzhauer was there to throw shade again. Then, when Sony finally gave Richards the boot, James was there to kick him while he was down.

When the dust settled, James Holzhauer took to Twitter to explain why he kept firing snarky shots at Richards. In that tweet, he said that he didn’t judge Richards for his podcast comments. Instead, Holzhauer formed a strong negative opinion of Richards by watching, “the way he treated people backstage at Jeopardy…”