‘Jeopardy!’: Matt Amodio is Surprised People Still Follow Him on Social Media

by Matthew Memrick
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Call it the “Jeopardy!” effect, but former star Matt Amodio is still reaping the social media attention since his time on the show.

The Ohio native won 38 consecutive games on the game show earlier this year, and it was the second-longest such streak in the show’s history, behind Ken Jennings. He ended up winning $1,519,601 in 39 games.

Amodio said LAJ or life after Jeopardy! is “still a lot livelier than (he) anticipated.”

The former contestant shared an essay about his life now with Newsweek recently.

When he posted the Newsweek story, he got a little love then too. One fan named Amanda said, “We love you! You’re the most humble and smart person there is. And that picture of your dog in the article is so cute.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Star Expected Life To Go Back To Normal

Matt Amodio thought social media fans would not care about what he had to say after his show run. Boy, was he wrong!

Amodio told Newsweek that he gets speaking and appearance requests. The attention “reminds (him) that he’s still wanted out there.”

But when it came to social media, he expected everyone to unfollow him. Instead, his numbers have continued to increase.

He’s got more than 52,000 Twitter followers. There are also fan pages in honor of the former “Jeopardy!” champion on Instagram and other social media places.

The champion said he’s “flabbergasted” about the social media love, but he “loves it.” Ultimately, Amodio said he’s having a great time and does not “want it to end.” 

Former ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Always Wanted To Win Show

In October, Matt Amodio opened up about his time on the show, saying that he went into it wanting to be the champion.

Now, local trivia games are probably a cinch.

“l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I’m going to come in with a little intimidation factor,” Amodio told Newsweek.

But it’s also a badge of honor in some respects.

The bookish Amodio said it’s good to have his “Jeopardy!” success follow him around.

Social Media In Love With Amodio

The Jeopardy! social media community fell in love with Amodio, and he’s often quick to respond to their posts.

One fan named Erin McInerney said, “I don’t know that you’re really sorry about dreaming of beating Johnathon Fisher. But at least your manners are showing!”

Amodio joked right back, saying, “Sorry, not sorry,” with a smiley face emoji.

Amodio will play again with the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions in the fall of 2022. He’ll likely face off with Fisher and Amy Schneider in that particular event. The contest is a unique two-week event featuring around 15 players who’ve won about four or five games.

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