Yale’s Matt Amodio tops $1.4M in ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak – Danbury News Times

Nicole Funaro

Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio has been on a
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Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio has been on a “Jeopardy!” winning streak since he first began competing on the quiz show on July 21, 2021.

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Yale PhD student Matt Amodio earned his 17th straight win on
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Yale PhD student Matt Amodio earned his 17th straight win on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 and became number three on the quiz show’s all-time highest winnings list for regular-season play.

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Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio will compete on Jeopardy! on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
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Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio will compete on Jeopardy! on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

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FILE - Producer Mike Richards poses in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. Richards is out as executive producer of
5of6FILE – Producer Mike Richards poses in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. Richards is out as executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, days after he exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host because of past misogynistic and other comments. Richards is also no longer executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
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Yale University Ph.D. student Matthew Amodio defended his crown and carried on his quiz show conquest to a 38th consecutive game won, tallying a $50,800 victory. His latest victory has also pushed his cumulative earnings to $1,518,601. The artificial intelligence student has also surpassed previous “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer on the show’s list of all-time consecutive games won. Amodio previously told Hearst Connecticut that he’s still getting used to all the attention he’s received during his time on the show.

“I have been very uncomfortable!” he said in an email of his newfound fame. “I’m an introverted person at heart, and maybe over enough time I would get used to this amount of attention, but that time has certainly not come yet. I still get chills when I see an article written about me. Me? Me, me?”

Amodio made his first appearance on television quiz show, “Jeopardy!” on July 21. Since then, he’s secured over $1.5 million in prize money and surpassed James Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak on the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame list for record number of consecutive games won. Amodio now sits behind Ken Jennings on that list, and places behind Jennings and Holzhauer on the show’s list for highest winnings in regular season play and its all-time winnings list. 

Prior to the 38th season’s premiere, Amodio’s intelligence drew praise from Gov. Ned Lamont, who told reigning champion that he was “showing how smart we are in Connecticut. Even Twitter gave him a coveted blue check mark and verified his account in mid-August. 

Amodio’s return was accompanied by that of Mike Richards, who was named “Jeopardy!” host alongside Mayim Bialik on Aug. 11. While Richards stepped down from the position on Aug. 20 after controversy surrounding offensive comments he made on a podcast surfaced, Newsweek reports he filmed an entire week’s worth of episodes as “Jeopardy!” host before doing so. On Sept. 16, “Jeopardy!” announced that Ken Jennings would replace Richards for the rest of the season and join Bialik in shared hosting duties. The Oct. 8 episode of “Jeopardy!” marked Richards’ final show as its executive producer and writer.