‘Jeopardy!’ Current Champ Matt Amodio Sends Heartfelt Message to ‘Hero’ and ‘Inspiration’ Ken Jennings

by Clayton Edwards

Matt Amodio is quickly leaving his mark in the history of Jeopardy!. Currently, he ranks fourth among the players who have won the most money on the show. After an impressive 14 wins, Amodio has banked over $440,000. As a result, he’s right up there with legends like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer. In fact, one of those legends is taking notice of the rising star.

Ken Jennings and Matt Amodio had an incredibly wholesome interaction on Twitter earlier today. Their brief public conversation showed Jeopardy! fans two things. Firstly, there is a real camaraderie between Jeopardy! champs. Secondly, Ken Jennings is Amodio’s inspiration.

The touching exchange between the champions really started with the official Jeopardy! Twitter account posted about Matt Amodio’s winning streak. In that tweet, they said that Amodio was, “the 4th highest earner in Jeopardy! history (regular-season play)!”

Not long after they posted about Amodio, Ken Jennings shared their post, adding his own caption. The Jeopardy! champ said of Matt Amodio, “This guy is the Jeopardy! story no one is following.”

Earlier today, Matt Amodio saw Jennings’ post. He obviously found the shout-out moving. So, he replied with a message that was both heartfelt and full of gratitude. “Ken, you’ve been a hero and an inspiration to me for almost two decades,” the current champ wrote. Then, he added, “I just want to thank you for everything you’ve given to the world.”

Ken Jennings replied almost immediately and congratulated Amodio on his well-deserved winning streak.

The exchange was sweet as well as dignified. At the end of the day, they were two trivia masters showing appreciation for one another. However, when Matt Amodio took to his own Twitter feed, he shared his true feelings bout the exchange.

Matt Amodio’s True Feelings Come to Light

Matt Amodio was all grace and gratitude while interacting directly with Ken Jennings. Then, he posted about the interaction on his Twitter feed. This might be the most wholesome thing on the entire platform.

Matt Amodio retweeted Jennings’ post with the caption, “Ken Jennings knows who I am…” Then, to really let his followers know how he felt about it, he added a GIF of John Stewart freaking out with excitement.

Episodes of Jeopardy! are taped well in advance. However, Amodio had to keep his winning streak quiet until the episodes aired. So, in all reality, he is just now able to celebrate his wins. Now, the man who inspired him to take on the iconic quiz show is publicly congratulating him as well as hyping him up to his own followers. No wonder Amodio is excited. The champ has plenty to celebrate right now.

Keep your eyes on Matt Amodio in the coming weeks. He might rise even higher in the ranks before he leaves the Jeopardy! stage.