For a game show that’s been on the air for decades, Jeopardy!has been in the news quite a bit in recent months. Between hosting controversies and a number of noteworthy contestants, the show has proven that it can remain culturally relevant even as many people move away from broadcast TV. Now, Matt Amodio is earning more headlines after his amazing run as the second-winningest contestant in the show’s history came to an end.
Matt, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale, finished his 38-game winning streak on Oct. 11, when he wound up in last place after Final Jeopardy, having answered the question wrong while both of his opponents answered correctly. Going into Final Jeopardy, Matt was in last place, $4,000 behind the leader and $3,800 behind the second-place contestant.
Matt bet less than half of his sum during the final round, while winner Jonathan Fisher wound up doubling his earnings, and second-place finisher Jessica Stephens finished just behind him. Even if Matt had bet it all and gotten the question right, he still would have finished behind both of his opponents. This was the question that stumped him: “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 correct answer was Austria, but Matt guessed Poland. After his loss, Matt congratulated his fellow competitors for the exciting game they played. “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!” he wrote.
Although Matt wanted to emphasize the performance of his competitors, many fans became convinced that he had actually thrown the game so that he could return to his Ph.D. studies.
“Not saying he threw that game, but it seemed like Matt Amodio threw that game,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Absolutely unbelievable that he wouldn’t know Austria there.”
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!
“There is no way Matt Amodio did not know that Final Jeopardy question not to mention some of the others he missed. I think he threw that game but why would he do that?” another person wrote.
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