On Monday, Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio received one last round of applause from host Mayim Bialik and his fellow competitors after losing his 39th game. With 38 wins and $1,519,601 in total earnings, the 30-year-old Ohio native has ended the second-longest winning streak in the show’s history.
Since the computer science Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut first stepped on to the Jeopardy! stage at the end of season 37 in late July, he has been a force to be reckoned with. During his time on the beloved game show, Matt earned over $1.5 million (he's in third place for the show's highest-winning contestants) and climbed to second place for the most consecutive games ever won, defeating Jeopardy! prodigy James Holzhauer’s previous record and trailing behind Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings.
After hinting at the possibility that his run on Jeopardy! might be coming to an end last month, it has now become reality — but fans still didn’t see it coming. At the start of Monday's show, Matt was in the lead, answering clues with his signature “what’s” starter format, but halfway through the game, the Yale graduate student began faltering behind fellow contestants Jonathan Fisher and Jessica Stephens.
— AC 😷 (@ACinPhilly) October 11, 2021
With Jeopardy!’s latest episode quickly coming to an end, fans online began realizing that Matt wouldn’t be named the champion, and this was the last time they would be watching him play during the season. Needless to say, after tuning in week after week, Jeopardy! fans had a mix of emotions about this unexpected turn of events.
On one hand, some were in disbelief that Matt didn’t know the Final Jeopardy answer, and even accused him of throwing the game. “There is no way Matt didn’t know that final Jeopardy question. He chose to end his streak,” said one fan. “@AmodioMatt totally threw this game. Hate to see him go! Not to take away from the new champ, but there’s no way Matt was all in today,” said another. “I'm shocked that Matt Amodio didn't get the correct Final Jeopardy answer. Even I knew it was 'Austria'!” added one person.
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But there were also many viewers who congratulated Matt on his historic time on the quiz show and wished him well. “It was an AMAZING run ... 38-day winning streak is something to be hella proud of!” one person wrote. “Congratulations @AmodioMatt! Heck of a #Jeopardy run,” another added. “Matt is still my favorite #Jeopardy contestant of all time! It was a great run and I wish you continued success in life,” a different fan said. “All good things come to an end. Too bad it had to be like this. Amazing run, Matt. It won't be easy for someone to replace you,” a follower commented.
That said, while fans were sad to see Matt go, others expressed that they’re ready for a new competitor to shake up the Jeopardy! lineup. “Time for somebody else to be the champ!,” someone tweeted.
Matt’s time on the Jeopardy! was made even more unique because he was featured alongside a roster of guest hosts. He met Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton, CNBC’s David Faber and Fox Sports’ Joe Buck. Today, Jeopardy!’s permanent host still has yet to be named, but in the meantime, Big Bang Theory actress Mayim has been at the podium for the beginning of season 38. Matt was only a few weeks short of sharing the stage with Ken, who is set to take over hosting duties on November 5.
We can’t wait to see what Matt does next, because this is definitely not the last time we’ll hear from him! After all, there's always Tournament of Champions.
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