Lengthy-reigning “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio has performed his remaining recreation … for now.
After an astounding 38 consecutive wins on the favored recreation present, the 30-year-old pc science PhD candidate at Yale College lastly misplaced Monday evening to rivals Jonathan Fisher and Jessica Stephens.
Fisher, an actor from Florida, gained the sport with $29,200, whereas Stephens, a statistical analysis specialist from Tennessee, got here in second with $28,799. Amodio landed in third with $5,600.
Heading into Monday’s Remaining Jeopardy! spherical, Fisher and Stephens had amassed $14,600 and $14,400, respectively, whereas Amodio trailed with $10,600.
Right here is the Remaining Jeopardy! clue that sealed Amodio’s destiny: “Nazi Germany annexed this nation and divided it into areas of the Alps and the Danube; the Allies later divided it into 4 sectors.”
The query — posed appropriately by Fisher and Stephens — was “What’s Austria?” Amodio wagered $5,000 on “What’s Poland?”
“We have now to say goodbye to Matt Amodio with an unbelievable 38-day profitable streak,” stated temporary host Mayim Bialik throughout the broadcast.
“That’s one for the books. It has been an honor and a pleasure to observe you right here. Congratulations. What a approach to begin the week.”
On Twitter, Amodio congratulated his “sensible challengers” on a “match properly performed.” His cumulative “Jeopardy!” winnings amounted to a whopping $1.5 million — the third highest nontournament complete of all time, behind collection GOAT Ken Jennings’ $2.52 million and James Holzhauer’s $2.46 million.
By way of profitable streaks, Amodio is second solely to Jennings, who secured 74 consecutive wins throughout his record-breaking run in 2004. Like Jennings and Holzhauer earlier than him, Amodio will return for the competitors program’s subsequent Event of Champions.
His dethronement comes amid the TV establishment’s ongoing search for a permanent host to interchange the late Alex Trebek. Within the meantime, Bialik and Jennings are set to commerce guest hosting duties for the remainder of the 12 months.
“I at all times needed to be a [“Jeopardy!”] champion, and I achieved that,” Amodio stated in an announcement.
“l know going into each bar trivia recreation that I play that I’m going to come back in with a little bit intimidation issue. But in addition, I identical to the badge that it represents. As any individual who prioritizes data and realizing issues, that is actually a superb one to have following me all over the place.”