There’s no telling how far current “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio will go.
He could very well pass up the most iconic champions to ever take on the popular trivia show. James Holzhauer has a 32-game streak and Ken Jennings sits in what seems like an untouchable spot at 74 consecutive games won.
Now, Matt Amodio is catching up quickly. Last night he secured another win and is now on 20 consecutive days behind the podium. He has also won an astounding grand total of $678,801.
That means he is now tied with past contender Julia Collins in third place for most consecutive games won. He reacted to the news on Twitter by writing, “Tied with @JeopardyJulia… unbelievable. I would say #Jeopardy dreams do come true, but at this point I’m way beyond anything I dreamt!”
He’s now only 12 games away from tying for second place and 54 games away from tying for first place.
Julia Collins had a remarkable time on the show as well. She walked away with $428,100. According to Entertainment Weekly, Collins even used her money to go on a luxurious trip to Paris where she rented out an apartment for a month.
Matt Amodio and ‘Jeopardy!’ Drama
For Matt Amodio, however, he’s dealing with an entirely different environment on “Jeopardy!” compared to contestants like Collins, Jennings, or Holzhauer. Right now, Amodio is appearing with Mike Richards as the host. He taped shows as the new host but stepped down from his role after past offensive and sexist comments came to light.
He was also fired from his job as an executive producer of both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
This means that Amodio has had five different hosts already — LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts, Joe Buck, David Faber, and Richards. If he continues on, he’ll soon reach number six when Mayim Bialik takes over as the first guest host this season.
Richards taped five shows before leaving. Bialik will then host for three weeks as a decision is made on how to proceed. The hop between different hosts and the constant controversy can make the game more difficult for contestants. The host, their speech patterns, and the speed at which they read the clues can impact buzzer speed and overall performance.
For Amodio, he’s not letting any of that get in the way of his epic winning streak.
“Frankly, the last thing I’m thinking about when I’m in the middle of a game is who’s hosting. I’ve had people say, ‘Oh man, you’ve moved on to your fourth host, that has to be difficult.’ And I would say, ‘Well, you’re right, but I didn’t even realize that, necessarily.’ Cause I’m trying to pull these really obscure facts out of my brain, and that takes all the mental energy I can afford at the moment,” Amodio said in an interview with The Washington Post.
All in all, it shows just how solid Amodio’s strategy is on the “Jeopardy!” stage.