'Jeopardy!' Star Reveals Challenges Matt Amodio Faces to Maintain Win Streak

Current Jeopardy! champ Matt Amodio seems to be every part the show's unstoppable juggernaut, as he continues on his impressive winning streak.

On Monday's episode of the quiz show, the Ph.D. computer science Yale student was seen solidifying his position as the third must successful Jeopardy! contestant in regular play, clocking his 29th win—with overall winnings of $1,037,001.

And while it seems that there might be no end to his run, former contestant Josh Hill—who enjoyed a seven-game win streak on the show back in 2018—has pointed out the behind-the-scenes challenges Amodio faces as he storms ahead.

With the show shooting five episodes per day, Hill stated that the schedule can be somewhat overwhelming for those hoping to remain continually victorious.

In a Twitter thread shared on Monday, ahead of that day's episode airing, Hill said that he had been enjoying Amodio's "amazing" run, but added that the next two weeks' worth of shows would prove to be his most challenging.

"I have really been enjoying the current champion @AmodioMatt," Hill wrote. "Really looking forward to the next two weeks, as they will be his most challenging yet... Either his streak ends this week or next, or Matt's probably still taping new shows right now."

He continued: "For those of you keeping score at home (and if you're reading my tweets, you probably are) - the first week of J! Season 38 was hosted by the now-fired-and-disgraced Mike Richards. Those five episodes were taped on a Tuesday, and then Mike stepped down from the hosting role.

"The following tape day (which was on a Wednesday) was canceled outright as the awesome J! staff scrambled for a new host to take over on short notice.

"Mayim Bialik graciously stepped in, and as announced, she will be the host for three weeks, weeks 2-4 of the new season.

"And those three weeks (last week's episodes, this week's episodes, and next week's episodes) were all taped back-to-back-to-back, on a consecutive Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday."

...for those of you keeping score at home (and if you're reading my tweets, you probably are) - the first week of J! Season 38 was hosted by the now-fired-and-disgraced Mike Richards. Those five episodes were taped on a Tuesday, and then Mike stepped down from the hosting role...

— Josh 🐯 Hill (@joshtigerhill) September 27, 2021

One. Day. At. A. Time.

👀 Can't get ahead of yourself 👀

🙂

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) September 28, 2021

Hill went on: "The game of J! has a discrete physical component that often gets overlooked... but that cannot be understated.

"As one who has taped five episodes in one day, I can attest to the physical drain that the episodes take on a returning champion. Most do not survive a whole tape day. No one did for nearly two whole years, from Austin Rogers to James Holzhauer."

"If Matt Amodio makes it through this week, he will own the second-longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history," Hill wrote at the end of his thread. "If Matt can make it through next week as well, then he will have won all five shows taped on three days in a row - and I would rate him odds-on to get the 75-win record."

Amodio was tagged in the thread, with one Twitter user pointing out that he is less than a handful of games away from equaling James Holazhauer's 32-game win streak.

Responding, Ohio native Amodio—whose appearances are recorded weeks in advance—wrote: "One. Day. At. A. Time. Can't get ahead of yourself."

While Holzhauer's record is within reach, Amodio has a lot more work to do to catch all-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games when he first appeared on the show back in 2004.

Jennings, who is now a consulting producer on the show, will split hosting duties on Jeopardy! with Bialik for the remainder of the calendar year, ahead of a permanent primetime replacement for late presenter Alex Trebek being announced.

"Jeopardy!" champ Matt Amodio
"Jeopardy!" champion Matt Amodio's victory Friday night made him only the third person to earn more than $1 million during non-tournament play in the show's history. On Monday's episode, he took his win streak to 29 games. Sony Pictures Television