‘Jeopardy!’: Matt Amodio Has Perfect Response to Fan Slamming Him

by Josh Lanier

Don’t bring dumb to a mind fight. Matt Amodio continues to rack up Jeopardy! wins and cash, but not everyone likes how he plays the game. One fan figured he’d call out the champ in a tweet, probably expecting that the 30-year-old Yale Ph.D. student wouldn’t see it or respond. Well, he did, and he brought his A-game.

If you’re unfamiliar, Matt Amodio has a unique way of answer Jeopardy! questions. Since all answers must be in the form of a question, Amodio begins his response with “what’s,” regardless of context. He’s done this for every question he’s answered during his 34-game win streak. It’s just simpler and more streamlined, he said.

“I have a strategy where I form all of my questions with a ‘what’s’ at the beginning – then, I can focus on the rest of the clue,” he told Yale. “Other people have been very upset about me being robotic instead of forming a question differently each time. I was glad that Jeopardy! said this was perfectly within the rules. I’ve watched Jeopardy! every day of my life, so I knew it was okay.”

Jeopardy! ruled that this is fine, but a lot of outspoken social media users hate it. And they’ve argued about this play style during his entire run. Still complaining about this is the Jeopardy! equivalent of making fun of Nickelback. It’s hack. But that hasn’t stopped anyone.

After Amodio won his 33rd game on Friday (the second-longest win streak in show history) one fan tried to slam him over this. It didn’t go well.

That’s a pretty nasty and pedantic grammatical burn, which is the worst kind of burn in Jeopardy! Also, Matt Amodio idolizes Ken Jennings, so you probably want to keep his name out of your mouth in any attacks. It’s just going to make Amodio angry.

Matt Amodio Wants to Win $1 More than Ken Jennings

After winning his 33rd game on Friday, Matt Amodio published a column in Newsweek explaining what his goals are now that he sits among the Jeopardy! elites. After passing James Holzhauer for second in wins, Amodio said one of the few goals he has left is to beat his idol Ken Jennings‘ record for most money won.

“I won the annual rent for my apartment in my first game, and that was an optimistic best case scenario I had in mind going in: being able to pay a whole year in rent,” he wrote. “Then I got to the point where I thought I could consider winning $100,000. Then $250,000 happened, then $500,000 and then $1,000,000. I guess the ultimate goal is to win one dollar more than Ken and to have the record for the show!”

Amodio won $1.3 million during his win streak so far. He’s third all-time in that category. Holzhauer earned $2.6 million and Jennings claimed $2.5 million during his 74-game win streak, according to the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame.