'Jeopardy!' winner reveals 'boring' plans for $1.5M earnings after epic streak ends

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What was the Final Jeopardy question that Matt Amodio lost?

Here is the Final Jeopardy! clue that sealed Amodio's fate: “Nazi Germany annexed this nation and divided it into regions of the Alps and the Danube; the Allies later divided it into four sectors.” The question — posed correctly by Fisher and Stephens — was “What is Austria?” Los Angeles TimesThis 'Jeopardy!' question ended Matt Amodio's winning streak

How long was Matt Amodio on Jeopardy?

After a 38-day winning streak, Amodio's Jeopardy! reign came to an end on Monday evening. Vanity FairMatt Amodio Has Finally Been Dethroned as ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion

Was Matt Amodio defeated on Jeopardy?

Matt Amodio, a PhD student who has been on a historic Jeopardy! run, was finally defeated on Monday's episode, ending his streak after 38 wins. Contestant Jonathan Fisher was victorious, while Amodio came in third place. ... "Everybody's so smart and so competent that this could happen any game," Amodio said. The Week MagazineMatt Amodio's stunning Jeopardy! winning streak ends

Matt Amodio's 'Jeopardy!' winning streak ends

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'Jeopardy!' champion Matt Amodio's historic winning streak ends after 38 wins

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Amodio finished No. 2 on the all-time consecutive wins list behind only Ken Jennings with 74 wins. He won a total of $1,518,601, which puts him third on the all-time non-tournament cash winnings list behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700).

He became known for starting all of his questions with "What's..." instead of using suitable alternatives such as "Who is...," an unorthodox approach that made some longtime viewers groan.

But it was within the quiz show's rules and, as Amodio explained, helped him limit any "unnecessary moving parts" that might undermine his effectiveness.

What became known as the "Amodio Rodeo" proved a welcome distraction for the quiz show and its producer Sony Pictures Television, which saw its effort to replace its late and beloved host Alex Trebek founder.

Sony turned to guest hosts Mayim Bialik and Jennings after its original pick for the job, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, exited the show following the disclosure of his past disparaging podcasts remarks about women and others.

Sony has said it was resuming its search for a permanent host.

‘Jeopardy!’ Releases Unseen Footage Of What Happened After Matt Amodio Lost (VIDEO)

TV Insider 13 October, 2021 - 11:20am

One of the greatest runs in Jeopardy! history came to an end on Monday when Matt Amodio was finally bested, bringing to an end the second-longest winning streak the show has ever seen.

Following Monday’s episode, the official Jeopardy! Twitter account released unseen footage of the moments following Amodio’s shock defeat. “Everybody take a deep breath,” said current host Mayim Bialik as the show’s new champion, Jonathan Fisher, buried his head in his podium. “My water’s empty,” said Fisher as he tried to compose himself.

“Congratulations, that was quite a game,” Bialik told Fisher, who finished the game with $29,200. Amodio, who ended up in third place behind contestant Jessica Stephens with just $5,600, also heaped praise on his usurper. “Well deserved, excellent,” said the Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut. “It’s been really a pleasure to watch all of this unfold,” concluded Bialik.

You saw the big moment. Now, find out what was said when the microphones kept recording after Matt Amodio’s last Final Jeopardy! #OverheardOnSet pic.twitter.com/CNQrQALtfb

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 12, 2021

Amodio had racked up 38 consecutive wins and $1,519,601 in total earnings during his time on the show. His streak put him in the number two spot for all-time successive wins behind Ken Jennings (74 wins), while his winnings landed him the number three spot in the show’s highest earners behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700).

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 12, 2021

“Just to see myself on the stage at all was an honor, and everything that’s happened since, I just can’t fathom,” Amodio said in a tribute video shared by the Jeopardy! Twitter account. He also took to his own Twitter page to congratulate his opponents, writing, “Congrats to today’s two brilliant challengers for making it an exciting game of #Jeopardy today! Let’s celebrate a match well played by Jonathan and Jessica!”

Congrats to today’s two brilliant challengers for making it an exciting game of #Jeopardy today! Let’s celebrate a match well played by Jonathan and Jessica!

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) October 12, 2021

Greatest of all Time contestant and soon-to-be stand-in host Jennings also praised Amodio, tweeting, “What a run!” Amodio has previously said how Jennings is his Jeopardy! idol. Not only that, but Better Call Saul actor Michael McKean also stopped by to comment, simply writing, “Amazing.”

“You have no idea how special you make me feel by commenting, thank you so much for taking the time!” Amodio responded to McKean’s comment.

You have no idea how special you make me feel by commenting, thank you so much for taking the time! 🙏

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) October 12, 2021

What a run! 🙏 https://t.co/ztXQBgDq8j

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) October 12, 2021

Viewers, too, paid tribute to Amodio’s impressive run. Check out some of the reactions below.

It was so much fun watching @AmodioMatt. Truly one of the great champions, and a great representative for #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/mhSpWoqxoL

— tyler rhode (@tylerthinksthis) October 11, 2021

— Emily Sharp-Kellar (@sharpkellar) October 12, 2021

Thank you so much for an amazing two-plus months as #Jeopardy champion, @AmodioMatt. Best of luck in the Tournament of Champions, whenever that may come.

— The Jeopardy! Fan (@_thejeopardyfan) October 12, 2021

Congrats on a fantastic run, @AmodioMatt ! Most impressive, and I look forward to seeing what you do on @Jeopardy in the future. Much respect!

— Brad Rutter (@bradrutter) October 12, 2021

Hell of a run @AmodioMatt it’s been fun watching you!!! #Jeopardy 👏 pic.twitter.com/Fs9KMSumcZ

— db (@metallidan) October 11, 2021

They don’t make an emoji for this feeling.

Congrats to our new #Jeopardy! champ, Jonathan Fisher! pic.twitter.com/fuPLAbywon

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 12, 2021

Let there be carnage, indeed! @VenomMovie pic.twitter.com/ICqjspUbDm

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 12, 2021

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Matt Amodio's record-breaking win streak helped boost "Jeopardy!" ratings

Newsweek 13 October, 2021 - 09:56am

Amodio, who is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale, embarked on his record-breaking streak toward the end of Season 37, and duly picked up where he left off when Season 38 debuted with since-ousted host Mike Richards.

After Mayim Bialik stepped in to take over hosting duties, Amodio continued to defeat one pair of opponents after another, until he was taken out by actor Jonathan Fisher on Monday's episode of the long-running quiz show.

And it appears that his run attracted quite the audience, as the show recently landed at the top spot in syndication by itself for the first time since mid-April, according to The Wrap.

For the week ending October 3, Jeopardy! scored a 5.5 audience rating. The days surrounding that week proved to be big talking points as Amodio smashed records.

On October 1, the affable Ohio native was seen edging his way past former champ James Holzhauer's second-place records of most consecutive victories, when he won his 33rd game.

According to The Wrap, Family Feud, which was tied with Jeopardy! the previous week in pole position, dipped 2 percent to a 5.3 rating. Wheel of Fortune and Judge Judy landed in third and fourth place, respectively.

When scandal-hit Richards hosted the season-opening episodes of Jeopardy! during his sole week as permanent presenter, the show pulled in 8.38 million viewers, with a 5.1 household rating, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to winning 38 games, Amodio also earned himself a sizable cash prize with a grand total of $1,518,601.

While his win streak proved impressive, he stands far behind all-time champ Ken Jennings in the Jeopardy! hall of fame. Jennings won 74 games and earned $2,520,700 after making his Jeopardy! debut back in 2004.

After his loss was televised on Monday night, Amodio took to Twitter to congratulate new champ Fisher and challenger Jessica Stephens, both of whom finished ahead of him in the Final Jeopardy round.

He wrote: "Congrats to today's two brilliant challengers for making it an exciting game of #Jeopardy today! Let's celebrate a match well played by Jonathan and Jessica!"

Fisher, who was seen winning his second game on Tuesday night's episode, tweeted his own tribute to the outgoing champ.

"One of the great pleasures of my life to get play @Jeopardy!, much less to share the stage with the great @AmodioMatt," he wrote. "Thanks for the incredible game Matt, and for the incredible streak!"

Following his defeat, artificial intelligence researcher Amodio was characteristically gracious, as he said in a statement: "Everybody's so smart and so competent that this could happen any game. And this time it did."

"I always wanted to be a Jeopardy! champion, and I accomplished that," he continued. "l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I'm going to come in with a little intimidation factor.

"But also, I just like the badge that it represents. As somebody who prioritizes knowledge and knowing things, this is really a good one to have following me everywhere."

Amodio will to screens for the next "Tournament of Champions" competition, which is not expected to take place until next year.

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