‘Jeopardy!’: Matt Amodio Hilariously Boasts His ‘Legacy’ as He Moves on From Winning Run

by Samantha Whidden
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Just days after his 38-day winning streak came to an end, Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio took to his Twitter to hilarious boast about his “legacy” on the game show. 

My legacy will live on! Potentially because of me,” the Jeopardy! champ declared. “The list of American game show winners by money on Wikipedia was recently turned from a top 10 list into a top 20 list. I’m coming for you at #9, Mr. Curtis Warren! I feel like I’ve really made a difference here.”

On Monday (October 11th) Amodio’s time on Jeopardy! came to an end. He took home a total of $1,518,601.  As previously reported, Amodio is in third place in terms of total cash winnings for regular Jeopardy! season play. He is currently behind the game show legend Ken Jennings, who secured $2,520,700, and James Holzhauer, who achieved $2,462,216. Amodio also achieved second place for all-time consecutive wins rankings. He is behind only Jennings, who had 74 wins.

Amodio’s final Jeopardy! clue was, “Nazi Germany annexed this nation and divided it into regions of the Alps and the Danube; the Allies later divided it into four sectors.” The correct response was, “What is Austria?” But Amodio’s answer was “What is Poland?” 

Following the end of his Jeopardy! winning streak, Amodio took to Twitter and wrote, “People saying to me, ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ has a different meaning than usual today. Perspective is important. I may not be gracing the #Jeopardy stage every day, but I’m still here.”

Matt Amodio Speaks After His ‘Jeopardy!’ Run Came to An End 

During his interview with CBC’s As It Happens host Carol Off, Matt Amodio reveal was what going through his mind when he answered his final Jeopardy! question. “There’s so much going on in the game at once,” Amodio explained. “What I often do is quickly skim the question and then immediately start thinking to maximize the amount of time I have to think about the actual response.”

Amodio used his usual Jeopardy! strategy, but missed the keyword in the question, which was “Alps.” He then said it would have helped if he read the question correctly. “I’m aware that the Alps are not in Poland.”

Amodio also spoke about his achievements on the Jeopardy! stage. “I went in hoping to win one game so I can call myself a Jeopardy! champion. And when it just kept rolling, it just was unbelievable day after day. Very proud of it.”

Amodio then admitted that he always loved trivia and loved Jeopardy! specifically. His family used to watch it together when he was a kid.

“Eventually, I started to know some answers myself. And still, to this day, I go to bar trivia. We play Trivial Pursuit. I like online quizzes. I’m just a trivia nerd.”