Another historic “Jeopardy!” winning streak came to an end last night (Tuesday) as Jonathan Fisher was defeated.
Fisher had amassed an 11-game winning streak and appeared poise to go even further. He lost a real heartbreaker on Tuesday’s “Jeopardy!” episode, snapping his exciting run at 11 games. Portland, Oregon native Nancy Donehower, a retired college admissions counselor, is your new “Jeopardy!” champion. She will look to start a streak of her own with her second episode airing tonight (Wednesday).
Fisher started his winning streak a couple of weeks ago by breaking the winning streak of Matt Amodio. The latter soared up the “Jeopardy!” record books by winning 38 straight contests. That number is good enough for second-best all-time behind the game show “GOAT,” Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight in 2004. Amodio is now a household name among game show enthusiasts. He joins the likes of Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter as the top “Jeopardy!” competitors of all time. Fisher didn’t threaten any of the greats but he had a fantastic run that will be talked about by game show fans for a while. Amodio took to social media after Fisher’s loss to congratulate him on his impressive accomplishment.
“Congratulations Jonathan Fisher on a tremendous Jeopardy! accomplishment, achieved with both class and style,” Amodio says. “Well done!”
The two “Jeopardy!” champions might possibly face off once again in a future special edition of the game show. Both Amodio and Fisher have qualified to participate in the next Tournament of Champions. It would be quite a delight to see the two intellectual titans go head to head once again. While it isn’t a given that they will face each other in the Tournament of Champions — it does seem very possible.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Handles Loss With Class
While he is no doubt bummed out that his time on the show is over, Fisher says his “Jeopardy!” run is one of his life’s defining moments. He took to social media after the episode aired to congratulate the new champion and salute fans for cheering him on.
“That’s it for my run on Jeopardy!,” Fisher says in a tweet. “Congrats to Nancy (quite a name for a streak-stopper, eh Ken Jenning?) for a great game and a well-deserved win. This has been one of the best experiences I have ever had and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
Kind words there from the 11 game-winner who will return back to everyday life and await the Tournament of Champions.
Much like Amodio did during his run, Fisher became a favorite among “Jeopardy!” fans. Several of those fans chimed in to say how much they enjoyed watching him play and win and also wish him luck in his future endeavors.