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‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Gave the Show a Shot Only After His Dad’s Suggestion

by Taylor Cunningham
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Matt Amodio is on fire. After winning for a 20th time on Jeopardy!, he’s now tied for the 3rd longest winning streak on the series. And ironically, the 30-year-old Ph.D. student almost didn’t try out for the game show because he didn’t even think he’d qualify.

Matt Amodio returned to Jeopardy! for its season premiere on Monday with $574,801 worth of earnings in his pocket and an 18 game winning streak. He continued to breeze through the game show, and by Tuesdays night, he had officially tied with Julia Collins after winning 20 consecutive games. And he brought his game winnings up to $678,801.

Amodio has a long road ahead of him if he wants to overthrow the reigning champion, though. Ken Jennings holds that record with 74 wins.

After solidifying his 3rd place record, Amodio did a Q&A with Jeopardy!. And during his session, he admitted that he didn’t think he had what it takes to be on the show. Matt Amodio is way too humble.

The quiz show wiz started by saying that he’s watched every episode played in his lifetime. But he didn’t think he’d ever be “good enough” to appear on the show. But thanks to his dad, he tried anyway.

“My dad said, ‘take the anytime test. Nothing worse can happen than you just won’t get on. So just give it a try,'” Amodio recalled. “I said, ‘Fine, I’ll do it for you.'” And apparently, his father knew best.

“And I got a call and then I got another call. And now I’m here, and I just can’t believe it,” he continued. Well, we can believe it, and we’re happy his dad did too. Thanks to him, we get to cheer Amodio on while he climbs to the top.

Jeopardy! Fans Weren’t Happy to See Mike Richards Hosting the Season 38 Premiere

The drama seems unending for Jeopardy! as it searches for someone to replace the iconic and well-loved Alex Trebek. After Trebek lost his battle with cancer, Sony put Mike Richards behind the coveted podium. But he taped one show before resigning. Recordings from Richards’s old podcast surfaced. And in them, he made some pretty controversial remarks. Nonetheless, the show had to go one, so his show still aired as planned. 

And after the show ended, fans of the gameshow took to social media to air their grievances.

“Watched #Jeopardy tonight even though I had to see Mike Richards’ stupid face,” one person tweeted. “Thank goodness it’s temporary! I just love watching Matt Amodio play, especially when he counts syllables on his fingers. Ha!”

While nearly everyone was disappointed to see Richards open for season 38, most people understood that Sony and NBC had no choice. As one person noted, “Those games count.”