Yale's Matt Amodio returns to 'Jeopardy!' and keeps win streak alive

When the 38th season “Jeopardy!” premiered on Sept. 13, Yale University Ph.D. student Matthew Amodio defended his crown and carried on his quiz show conquest to a 19th consecutive game won, tallying a $67,800 victory.  The artificial intelligence student 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 18 consecutive wins, a total of $574,801 in prize money and a spot just behind Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer on the show’s Hall of Fame. 

Prior to the new 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. 

Amodio will try to earn his 20th victory on Tuesday night’s episode of “Jeopardy!” which airs at 7 p.m. on WTNH.