‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Thanks Former Guest Hosts and Charities for Making His ‘Dream a Reality’

by Matthew Memrick

“Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio went out of his way, with limited characters, to thank a bunch of hosts and people on Monday. 

Amodio’s Tweet mentioned his time on the game show with four hosts and four charities and thanked his guest hosts. Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck had turns giving the “Jeopardy!” answers to Amodio.

In regular-season play, the Medina, Ohio, game show contestant won $547,600, good for third on the “Jeopardy!” all-time winnings list. Amodio competed in 17 straight days.

Amodio mentioned Be The Match, Robin Hood NYC, and Kid Smart STL as the charities. Finally, he gave his appreciation to the fans.

Roberts Tweeted back at Amodio with her own words of praise.

The Yale University Ph.D. student will return to the Sept. 13 show for Season 38. New permanent host and executive producer Mike Richards takes over for the late Alex Trebek that day. Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, from pancreatic cancer.

Fans Loved Amodio’s Time

Many fans responded to Amodio’s Tweet. They commented on playing style and daring bets.

Former “Jeopardy!” contestant and Twitter funny guy James Holzhauer responded to a comment comparing him to Amodio. Amodio sadly would have needed to win more to catch Holzhauer’s massive money total. 

In 2019, Holzhauer won $2,464,216 in his 33 regular-season appearances.

Many called Amodio a rock star.

One Canadian fan went further, talking about how Trebek “is looking down from heaven with a smile and is proud of him.”

Glenn Cooney said: “For a season that’s been impacted by Covid and the sad passing of Mr. Trebek, you’ve brought some good to the end of it. Can’t wait to see how you get on next season.”

Bob and Eve Seale also chimed in on Amodio’s time.

“Bob and I have enjoyed watching each and every episode with you doing ah-mazing things, Matt,” Eve Seale Tweeted. “We look forward to the new season. You’ve brought a new excitement to Jeopardy! at a time when we all needed something to cheer about.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Amodio Is A TMZ Fan

In a Vulture interview recently, Amodio critiqued his time on the show. He was quick to point out that celebrity news was a significant weakness. He said he was at a disadvantage even after studying TMZ to prepare for the show. 

For celebrities, he admitted he’d look at one star’s Wikipedia entry only to stumble to another entry and so on. He said he “went down Wikipedia pages for a lot of awards shows and then went down the rabbit holes of links.”

Another wild fact about his time on the show was the early mornings. He relied on the energy drink Red Bull to get him through the early morning show tapings.

“I’m not my best that early,” Amodio told Vulture.com. “I took way too many energy drinks. I increased Red Bull’s stock valuations during my time there.”