ABC’s long-running hit game show “Jeopardy!” has had quite a season, especially following the 38-game streak of recent champ, Matt Amodio. Now, the game show continues to see history being made as the contestant who defeated Amodio, Jonathan Fisher pursues a streak of his own, winning a total 10 games so far. The double streaks mark a first for “Jeopardy!” as never before has the game show seen back-to-back double-digit consecutive wins.
One of the show’s most recent Tweets enthusiastically announced, “It’s the season of the super champs!”
Below the post, the announcement saw a handful of variously-toned tweets, some congratulatory and others disappointed. Top commenter, however, was Matt Amodio himself who wrote, “Way to go, @JFishtheDish!” What a gentleman.
Others shared a mix of reactions beneath the latest reigning champ’s comment. “In Chicago we call this ‘winning ugly.’ He’s winning but not with the same level of excitement @AmodioMatt had.” Another “Jeopardy!” fan joked, “I demand a recount! Matt is still the champion! Fraud!” though she followed the comment with, “I[‘]m glad @JFishtheDish is doing well!…he’s a force to be reckoned with.”
Of his historic winning streak, Jonathan Fisher himself said, “I didn’t even imagine that I would win one game, so nine more than one is pretty neat.” He added that the experience so far “is a little out of body right now.”
Jeopardy! encourages fans to tune in Monday night to see whether Fisher continues his streak with an 11th win.
Former ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Critical of Show’s Hosting Debacle
Prior to the 38-game winning streak of Matt Amodio, “Jeopardy!” was frequently making headlines as a result of the game show’s hosting debacle. Following the death of iconic “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, chaos ensued as producers sought to find a solution to the previously vacated host slot. As a result, “Jeopardy!” hosted a collective of host auditions, with contestants ranging from “Star Trek” actor Levar Burton to NFL player Aaron Rodgers to, of course, “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik.
However, former “Jeopardy!” champ, Arthur Chu, believes there shouldn’t have been any question at all as to who should have proceeded the iconic Alex Trebek. Chu went so far as to accuse “Jeopardy!” showrunners of not following Trebek’s wishes in naming all-time champ, Ken Jennings, his successor.
Chu shared with Newsweek, “I was rooting for Ken Jennings as host out of solidarity as a fellow former contestant, and because it really seems like he was Alex Trebek’s choice for a successor.” The former champ indicated Trebek’s passing on of his cufflinks to Jennings, as well as the latter having narrated Trebek’s audiobook.
Nevertheless, he shared that anything viewers would need to know regarding the “Jeopardy!” host decision would have to come from those behind the scenes of the debacle. And as it appears the game show has mostly removed itself from earlier drama, that’s more than unlikely.