‘Jeopardy!’: Why Some Fans Think Matt Amodio Lost on Purpose

by Madison Miller

It finally happened, Matt Amodio’s historic “Jeopardy!” run has come to an end.

On Monday night, Amodio lost his 39th game. He received a large round of applause from Mayim Bialik as well as his fellow competitors. He is leaving the show with a 38-game streak and $1,519,601 in winnings.

During his time on the show, Amodio has been able to break several records. He is now in second place for most consecutive games won. He passed up James Holzhauer and sits below Ken Jennings. He is in third for total money earned, behind Holzhauer and Jennings.

Matt Amodio was answering well during the first part of the show. He slowly started to slip below Jonathan Fisher and Jessica Stephens, however.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Speculate That Amodio Lost on Purpose

Some fans are having a hard time processing the fact that Amodio will no longer be on their TV screens. This has also led viewers to make claims that Amodio purposely lost this “Jeopardy!” game.

The Final Jeopardy question from yesterday was “Nazi Germany annexed this nation & divided it into regions of the Alps & the Danube; the Allies later divided it into 4 sectors.” Fans were in absolute shock that Amodio did not seem to know the answer.

One person wrote on Twitter, “There is no way Matt didn’t know that final Jeopardy question. He chose to end his streak.” Another person added, “Hate to see him go! Not to take away from the new champ, but there’s no way Matt was all in today.”

Even if he bet his entire wager, however, Amodio still would have been unlikely to win last night. When it came time for Final Jeopardy, both the other contestants had more to bet in the first place. He was the only one to incorrectly answer the question.

Future for Amodio, Other Possible Claims

Amodio wrote on Twitter congratulating his fellow competitors. One person responded to that tweet by writing, “Pretty obvious you threw the game to return to your phd studies but it’s been fun watching you.”

Some other people believe he threw the game, but in a way of showcasing respect. Amodio has made it clear since the beginning that Ken Jennings is his “Jeopardy!” hero. Some think he may have bowed out before he could get too close to his record.

“Did anybody else get the feeling that Matt Amodio threw tonight’s game on purpose? He’s got $1.5M, second highest win streak ever, so much farther to K Jennings record, he bowed out with respect, LEGEND STATUS,” the person wrote.

Regardless of what happened yesterday, the internet was still lit up with praise for Amodio’s historic run. Although he won’t be appearing on the show anymore right now, we likely have not seen the last of him.

He will likely return for the “Tournament of Champions.”