‘Jeopardy!’: Jonathan Fisher’s 11-Game Win Streak Comes To an End

by John Jamison
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Jeopardy! has had itself some world-class trivia talent so far this season. Jonathan Fisher, the contestant who dethroned 38-day winner Matt Amodio, went on his own historic 11-day streak before finally losing tonight at the hands of Nancy Donehower.

While Fisher would have loved for the streak to continue, he did more than enough to secure his place in the next Tournament of Champions. The 11-day streak netted him nearly $250,000. It’s not quite the $1.5 million Matt Amodio racked up, but it’s nothing to scoff at either.

When Jonathan Fisher won his 10th straight game last week, he walked straight into the record books. A 10-day streak isn’t unheard of, but doing it immediately after a 38-day winner is unprecedented in Jeopardy! history.

“It was a close one, but we have a new Jeopardy! champ: Nancy Donehower! Congrats to Jonathan Fisher on his 11-game run, we’ll see him in the next Tournament of Champions!” the Instagram post’s caption read.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Said Things Were Getting Tough on His Peers Toward the End of His Run

Maybe it’s a good thing that Jonathan Fisher lost when he did. If his personal life is anything like Matt Amodio’s, friends and colleagues were probably running out of congratulations to give.

Winning so much that people run out of things to say is undoubtedly an excellent problem to have. That side of things had never even occurred to us until Matt Amodio spoke to the Yale Daily News.

“It was pretty funny where I definitely heard from them less in the latter part of the run. I think that they were running out of things to say. They said ‘congratulations,’ then they went to a thesaurus and found some synonyms for ‘congratulations’ and so that lasted them for a couple of games, but then I just wore them out by winning,” Amodio told his school paper.

Most “Jeopardy!” fans are probably aware that the episodes are taped weeks and months before airing. So Matt Amodio knew that his loss was coming as friends, family, and fellow students watched. At least he can relate to what Jonathan Fisher is going through right now.

The 38-day Jeopardy! winner took to Twitter following Jonathan Fisher’s loss to offer some words of congratulations and encouragement.

Jeopardy! fans are looking forward to the potential rematch between Amodio and Fisher in the Tournament of Champions.

Based on everything we’ve seen this season, between the close calls Matt Amodio has had and Jonathan Fisher’s own dethroning, the Tournament of Champions promises to be one for the ages.

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