‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Remembers Ed Asner for One Role in Particular

by Leanne Stahulak

Like many others this week, current “Jeopardy!” champ Matt Amodio took the time the remember comedy legend Ed Asner, who passed away on Sunday.

The 91-year-old inspired many with his various characters over the years. Some remember him for his iconic role as Lou Grant, both on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the “Lou Grant” spin-off series. Others recall the work Asner did for “Rich Man, Poor Man,” or “Roots,” both of which earned him an Emmy.

But for the “Jeopardy!” champ, one role specifically comes to mind when he considers Asner’s great legacy. Amodio told his Twitter fanbase about it yesterday afternoon.

“I know I have it backwards, but based on the order I discovered his work, to me Ed Asner will always be that fantastic actor who looks just like Carl from ‘Up,'” Amodio tweeted.

The “Jeopardy!” champ’s not the only one who mainly remembers Asner’s work post-2000. Many people in their twenties and thirties recall him as the iconic Disney character, who tugged at the heartstrings in the 2009 Pixar film “Up.” Or, they remember him as the Santa Claus from “Elf,” starring alongside Will Ferrell.

But some of Amodio’s fans replied to his tweet calling him “so young” and reiterating that Asner will always be Lou Grant to them.

Twitter user Dawn Masterson replied, “I first encountered him in the Mary Tyler Moore show, so he will always be Lou Grant. ‘You have spunk, Mary. I hate spunk.’ He was so gruffly perfect.”

“That’s what made his death less sad,” user Marco La Manno said. “Lived till his 90s and touched multiple generations. Was Lou Grant, was JJ Jameson in 90s Spider-Man (and Hudson in Gargoyles), was Carl from Up. You’ve probably seen him in something from any decade. Heck of a run. He is Carl to me, too.”

‘Jeopardy!’ and Sony Struggle to Find Replacement Host

“Jeopardy!” champ Matt Amodio’s had a wild ride compared to most of the show’s stars. Though Amodio’s doing exceedingly well with 18 wins and over $574,000 in winnings, he’s had to overcome a lot of obstacles. Namely, Amodio’s competed with four different guest hosts reading the clues. And looking ahead to next season, he’ll have to continue adapting to different guest hosts.

After longtime host Alex Trebek died in November 2020, fans knew it would be difficult to replace such an iconic person on the show. But Sony and “Jeopardy!” put in the work to test out 16 different guest hosts, seeing how they worked with different contestants.

Last month, the network decided on executive producer Mike Richards for the permanent role, which left a bad taste in several fans’ mouths. Their unease only grew after The Ringer released a startling account of Richards’ past sexist and racist behavior. Only nine days after being appointed, Richards stepped down from the host job.

“Jeopardy!” and Sony continue to search for a new full-time host. We’ll see how their choice matches up to their previous mistakes this year.