Meet the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Who Beat Matt Amodio

by Chris Haney

Matt Amodio’s historic run on Jeopardy! finally came to an end last night, but who is the new champion who dethroned the 38-game winner?

During Monday night’s episode, newcomers Jonathan Fisher and Jessica Stephens both stepped up big time in their debut appearance. The pair led Amodio by $4,000 and $3,800 respectively heading into Final Jeopardy! yesterday. For the first time since Amodio had been on the game show, he was in third place going into the final round. When he answered the final clue about WWII incorrectly, viewers knew that Jeopardy! would likely have a new champion.

As Jessica answered correctly, she took a commanding lead and finished with $28,799 compared to Amodio’s $5,600. However, Jonathan also answered correctly, which barely topped Jessica’s score with $29,300. Like everyone else in the audience and at home, Jonathan was stunned he beat the champ.

“I’m still processing it,” Jonathan 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.”

While Amodio didn’t quite seem on the top of his game yesterday, he made no excuses when speaking to the game show afterward. He complimented every contestant who makes it on the Jeopardy! stage and knew he could lose any episode.

“Everybody’s so smart and so competent that this could happen any game,” Amodio explained. “And this time it did.”

New ‘Jeopardy! Champion Jonathan Fisher Admits He Expected To Be One-and-Done

New champion Jonathan Fisher is an actor who hails from Coral Gables, Fla. The contestant that took down Matt Amodio after 38 straight wins utilized two Daily Doubles during the Double Jeopardy! round, which helped him secure the victory.

Yet when speaking after the show, Jonathan admitted it was a bittersweet moment for him. Of course he was happy to come out on top, but he’s also a longtime fan of the popular game show. Therefore he knew Matt Amodio and his win streak well from being a regular viewer. The Floridian also admitted that he just wanted to show up and have a good time on the show. He wanted to try his best, but fully expected to go home after one taping.

“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.”

Amodio’s 38-game win streak came to close, but he’s been gracious in defeat. He made sure to commend the other two contestants for their excellent performances. Both Jonathan and Jessica each played amazing games against the former champ, and Amodio made sure to acknowledge that after last night’s episode.

“Congrats to today’s two brilliant challengers for making it an exciting game of #Jeopardy today! Let’s celebrate a match well played by Jonathan and Jessica!” Amodio tweeted.