'Jeopardy!' Champ Matt Amodio's Twitter Account Verified After Fan Campaign

Jeopardy! champ Matt Amodio is reaping the rewards of his success on the syndicated quiz show, as his Twitter account has now been officially verified.

Amodio has rapidly risen to prominence among fans of the show, thanks to his phenomenal 18-day win streak that has earned him a total of $574,801—making him the third-highest earner in regular season play in Jeopardy! history.

And as his star continued to rise this summer, a faction of his followers tagged Twitter's official accounts to express their support for the computer science Ph.D. Yale student receiving the platform's distinctive blue badge.

According to Twitter's FAQs on its website, verified badges are reserved for accounts that must "represent or otherwise be associated with a prominently recognized individual or brand" in line with specific criteria.

On August 13, Amodio informed one of his almost 11,000 followers that his request to become verified had been "pending for-EVER."

As the wait continued, Amodio quipped on the micro-blogging platform on Saturday: "Does anybody know how to make Twitter's 'blue check' process go slower? I'm worried mine will be done before #Jeopardy Season 3,141,592 airs, and there's just no point rushing these things."

By late Sunday night, Amodio revealed that the wait had finally come to an end, when he returned to Twitter to acknowledge his new verified status.

Bookending his message with two large check marks, he wrote: "I'm not sure I've learned the right lesson from this whole sequence of events, but thanks!"

☑️ I'm not sure I've learned the right lesson from this whole sequence of events, but thanks! ☑️

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 23, 2021

As well as winning fans through his victorious streak, Amodio has also garnered attention for his unusual way of answering clues on the show.

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."

Does anybody know how to make Twitter's "blue check" process go slower? I'm worried mine will be done before #Jeopardy Season 3,141,592 airs, and there's just no point rushing these things.

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 21, 2021

Amodio will be seen continuing his run on Jeopardy! when the show's new season kicks off in September—as producers work to find a replacement for recently announced host Mike Richards, who said on Friday he was stepping down.

On August 11, the show announced it had found a permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek in the form of Jeopardy! executive producer Richards, who would take over as host for the nightly syndicated show, and Mayim Bialik, who would host primetime specials and tournaments.

Richards' past came under immediate scrutiny, beginning with reports that he was accused by multiple models of discriminating against them when he was the producer on The Price Is Right.

Then on Wednesday, The Ringer published an article that contained comments he made on a podcast he hosted in 2013 and 2014 called The Randumb Show. He was quoted as making disparaging remarks about women, Jewish people and other groups, which led to heightened backlash.

It has yet to be revealed who will replace Richards, who was selected after several celebrities tried out for the role since the start of the year, though a large number of fans have publicly backed LeVar Burton for the job.

"Jeopardy!" champ Matt Amodio
"Jeopardy!" champ Matt Amodio is celebrating his Twitter account being verified, after enjoying a taste of fame thanks to his successful run on the quiz show. Sony Pictures Television