During an appearance on Good Morning America today, current Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio opened up about his historic win streak. He also touched on the drama surrounding host Mike Richards’ unceremonious exit and spoke about how it’s affected his historic run.
Amodio officially moved into second place on the all-time wins list on Friday when he passed James Holzhauer. Now, only Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings stands in his way. Amodio is sitting on a 33-game winning streak going into tonight’s episode. Yet he still has a long way to go to top Jennings’ 74-game win streak.
While Amodio is already in rare territory when it comes to the popular game show, he’s faced a challenge no other long-term competitor has had to deal with in the show’s history. Iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek didn’t just bring poise and grace to the game show. He also brought consistency and reliability to the show for almost four decades before he passed away in November 2020.
However, his replacement Mike Richards brought the exact opposite. Within weeks of Sony Pictures hiring the executive producer to take over as host, controversy surrounded the hire. Not long after, he stepped down from the position. Therefore Amodio’s win streak has been somewhat overshadowed at times by the show’s ongoing permanent host drama.
While speaking with GMA anchors Monday morning, they asked Amodio how the drama has impacted his performances. But the current champ downplayed any issues that may have stemmed from the show’s hosting drama.
“So Jeopardy! is not one person, Jeopardy! is a whole team. And there’s one person changing, but everything else is staying the same,” Amodio told GMA. “The crew just does a great job of keeping contestants comfortable and making them feel special.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Says Meeting Ken Jennings ‘Would Be a Dream’
As Matt Amodio continues to chase Ken Jennings’ win streak record, he recently opened up about the Jeopardy! GOAT. He has nothing but respect for Jennings and even said it “would be a dream” to meet him in person, which he may just get to do soon.
While speaking to Newsweek last week, Amodio shared that he has yet to meet Ken Jennings or James Holzhauer. But he hopes that changes in the near future.
“I have still not actually met Ken or James, but I would absolutely love to,” Amodio said to Newsweek. “I also hope to meet some of the guest hosts I had again if they’ll have me on their shows!”
Since Jeopardy! is still without a permanent host, they’re bringing Jennings back to man the podium for the rest of the year. If Amodio continues to win, he’ll likely get his chance to meet Jennings while they’re both on the show.
“Meeting Ken under any circumstances would be a dream, but [having] it be under these circumstances would be Rudy-levels of perfection,” Amodio added. “And as a fan, I loved him as a host. Seeing him on a Jeopardy! stage is like seeing a polar bear in the snow: it just looks right.”