(WTNH) — After 39 games, Matt Amodio’s run on Jeopardy! ended Monday evening.
With a 38-day winning streak, the fifth-year Yale University computer science Ph.D. candidate ended his time on Jeopardy! with a second-place ranking for Consecutive Game Wins behind only Ken Jennings’ 74 games.
“Everybody’s so smart and so competent that this could happen any game,” said Amodio in a post-game interview. “And this time it did.”
Amodio’s total winnings of $1,518,601 put him in third place for the show’s highest winnings for regular season play behind Jennings and James Holzhauer.
“I always wanted to be a Jeopardy! champion and I accomplished that,” Amodio added.
In an interview with News 8 on Wednesday. He told us the whole time he was competing he was keeping up his studies.
We asked Amodio if ‘journey’ was the word he would use to describe his time on the trivia show.
“‘Journey’ is great because it’s about the process, so…I won my first game, I lost my last game, but those aren’t really the moments that I’ll remember. It’s everything in between. And it was a long time in calendar days, but it felt like it went by like that [snaps].”
The Ohio native told us he watched Jeopardy! all the time with his family growing up and as an adult. He said seeing his face and name next to those Jeopardy! legends was a “childhood dream.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont gave Amodio a shoutout on Twitter Monday evening saying, “You did Connecticut proud, @AmodioMatt! You’re a great sport and fun to watch.”
After Amodio’s loss, Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik said she felt, as a contestant, he was “really emotionally level-headed as he navigated some ups and downs.” She added that she found him humble, which contributed to the enjoyment of watching him compete.
Jennings said of Amodio, “The one thing I admire more than anybody else on Jeopardy! is consistency. ‘Cuz it’s so hard to come out and win day after day, week after week. And Matt just seems unflappable.”
“l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I’m going to come in with a little intimidation factor,” Amodio added Monday evening. “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 return for the next Tournament of Champions.