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‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Says Being Praised by Ken Jennings Made Him ‘Melt to the Ground’

by Josh Lanier
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Matt Amodio can’t get over the fact that Ken Jennings knows his name. The current Jeopardy! champion said he “melted” when he got a tweet from his hero.

In an interview with Jeopardy! producers, Amodio discussed how the show has changed his life. Along with the more than $700,000 in prize money, the 30-year-old said the show has given him so much more. Most importantly, it got Ken Jennings to notice him.

“I got a tweet, which I will count, from Ken Jennings,” Amodio said when asked if any celebrities had reached out to him. “I have not heard from him personally, but he acknowledged my existence on Twitter. And I melted to the ground as soon as I saw that. There’s nobody I respect in the Jeopardy! community, but probably the world, as Ken Jennings and so that was just a treat.

He said it’s also been strange — but inspiring — seeing how other people react to his continued win streak.

“It’s been a bit much both playing and seeing reactions to the games that are airing, and I’ve just been trying to compartmentalize all of that,” he said. “People have been very nice. I didn’t know the internet could also be nice. People have been very nice, and so I’ve appreciated that.”

Matt Amodio Joins Elite Club at ‘Jeopardy!’

Matt Amodio is one of the greatest Jeopardy! contestants of all time. And he’s proving that day after day. But with his win on Wednesday, he joins an elite company of the game show’s biggest stars.

Amodio’s 20-game win streak makes him third all-time in wins. Only James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings have won more consecutive episodes. And Amodio has a shot to surpass Holzhauer’s 32 wins. Though, it’s unlikely he — or anyone for that matter — will get close to Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings. His 74-game sweep in 2004 is the game show equivalent of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak. Put short, it’s practically unbreakable. But if anyone could catch up to Jennings, it would likely be Amodio. The Yale University Ph.D. student’s winnings top $740,000, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Jeopardy! marked Amodio’s milestone on Instagram Wednesday night after the episode aired.

“Another one for the record books! Matt Amodio is now third for consecutive games won! Only James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings have won more games,” the post read.

And Matt Amadio’s win streak couldn’t come at a better time for the show. Jeopardy! is facing backlash and scorn from fans and former contestants over its handling of finding Alex Trebek’s replacement. Despite former executive producer Mike Richards only lasting a single day as host, he recorded five episodes of the show. His continued appearance at the beginning of the new season has overshadowed Amodio’s impressive achievement somewhat.