'Jeopardy!' Champ Matt Amodio Thanks Guest Hosts for Making His 'Dream a Reality'

Jeopardy! champ Matt Amodio took time out to thank four of the show's guest hosts on Monday, as he lauded them for helping make his "dreams come true."

Amodio has enjoyed a phenomenal win streak on the syndicated quiz show, with his 18-day total standing at $574,801—making him the third-highest earner in regular-season play in Jeopardy! history.

And as he awaits a return on the show's upcoming season, the computer science Ph.D. Yale student took to Twitter to thank the guest hosts whose stints covered his run—including Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber and Joe Buck.

He also acknowledged the benefiting charities Be The Match, Reading is Fundamental, Robin Hood, and KidSmart in his tweet—as well as fans of the show.

He wrote: "4 hosts, 4 charities, only 280 characters, so here we go... Thank you
@RobinRoberts, @levarburton, @davidfaber, @Buck, @BeTheMatch,
@RIFWEB, @RobinHoodNYC, @KidSmartSTL for making my #jeopardy dream a reality! And of course thanks to all the fans who make this show possible!"

Responding, Good Morning America's Roberts wrote back: "Very happy for you and your success! Appreciate how kind you and all the contestants were when I was there. Memories I'll cherish always. Wishing you all the best Matt."

4 hosts, 4 charities, only 280 characters, so here we go...
Thank you @RobinRoberts, @levarburton, @davidfaber, @Buck, @BeTheMatch, @RIFWEB, @RobinHoodNYC, @KidSmartSTL for making my #jeopardy dream a reality! And of course thanks to all the fans who make this show possible!

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 16, 2021

Faber responded by inviting Amodio onto his CNBC show, as he wrote: "Congrats on your amazing championship run on @Jeopardy @AmodioMatt. If and when it ends I hope you will join us on @SquawkStreet to discuss what you will be doing with your impressive winnings. I know @jimcramer has some good ideas."

"Absolutely! I'll be taking notes," Amodio wrote back.

The stars were among a host of guest presenters who stepped in over the course of the year, as producers sought a permanent replacement for Alex Trebek, who passed away in November 2020.

After much anticipation, it was announced on Wednesday that Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards will step in to host the daily syndicated show, while The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik will present the Jeopardy! prime-time and spin-off series, including the upcoming Jeopardy! National College Championship.

Looks like we’ll see Matt Amodio next season! pic.twitter.com/I6EeeRcMpF

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) August 14, 2021

With the Jeopardy! rules requiring contestants to answer clues in question form, Amodio caused a stir throughout his run for starting each of his answers with "what is"—even when answers pertained to people.

In a recent interview with the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, Amodio revealed that he kept his answers consistent so that he could focus on the meat of the clue.

"I have a strategy where I form all of my questions with a 'what's' at the beginning, then I can focus on the rest of the clue," he said. "Other people have been very upset about me being robotic instead of forming a question differently each time.

"I was glad that Jeopardy! said this was perfectly within the rules. I've watched Jeopardy! every day of my life, so I knew it was OK."

Relating his methods to his ongoing studies, Amodio said: "That's the kind of thing we do in computer science all the time. You have a section of your program and it does 'A' or it does 'B' and it has to decide which.

"Then you realize, 'Wait, we never actually need to do "B,"' so you cut that off and just leave a smaller bit of program. It's cleaner and where there are fewer things moving, there are fewer things that can go wrong."

On August 2, Jeopardy! bosses clarified the popular show's rules, after a number of viewers complained about Amodio's style of answering clues.

A statement was released on the Jeopardy! Twitter account that read: "What's up with Matt Amodio? A lot of 'what's' in his response—and that's totally acceptable!"

On the show's website, it was explained that Amodio hadn't broken any rules, as while "all contestant responses to an answer must be phrased in the form of a question," there aren't specifics about grammar.

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A general view on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. Matt Amodio is the show's current reigning champ. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images