Matt Amodio Questions Whether 'Jeopardy!' Loss Led to Removal of Twitter Verification

Matt Amodio has questioned whether the fact that he is no longer Jeopardy! champ has led to him losing his coveted Twitter verification checkmark.

The Yale Ph.D. candidate took to the microblogging platform on Wednesday to note the fact that the distinctive blue badge—reserved for notable individuals, businesses and organizations—had been removed from his account.

With his sizeable fan base supporting him, Amodio received the checkmark in August, in the midst of a record-breaking run on Jeopardy! that would see him achieve a 38-game win streak (placing behind only Ken Jennings at 74) and earning $1,518,601.

But with his time on the hugely popular game show having come to an end in October, the Ohio native has told Newsweek that no longer being the "current" Jeopardy! champ may have led to the badge's unceremonious removal.

He said: "When I was verified, I was a current Jeopardy! champion. Since then, obviously, I have lost and am no longer current. As such, I am in the news less often now. I thought I was still a worthwhile contributor to the community, but maybe that isn't enough!"

Amodio shared on Twitter that he had lost his status one day after participating in a event benefiting childhood cancer charity St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

He wrote: "One day after participating in the wonderful @StJude charity event, my blue check has disappeared? We now know how @Twitter feels about helping children in need, apparently."

"I never thought trying to fight cancer would be what gets me canceled," Amodio said in a follow-up tweet.

Hours later, he directed another message at the official Twitter Verified account, added a sprinkle of humor as he wrote: "I would like my blue check back please! Or at least an explanation of why it was taken away. I assume I was *too* funny?"

Amodio said that he has so far been met with silence on Twitter's part, telling Newsweek: "I have received no communication from Twitter at all, and only found out my verified check disappeared because of followers who notified me."

"I miss the verification badge," he added of the status it took him three months to gain. "It was a great way for my responses to stand out in the crowd and give them more gravitas!"

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Twitter for comment.

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.

Regarding the loss of verification badges, the company states that they "may also remove the blue badge from accounts that are found to be in severe or repeated violation of the Twitter Rules.

"This includes... Repeat violations in Tweets, including but not limited to: hateful conduct policy, abusive behavior, glorification of violence policy, civic integrity policy, private information policy, or platform manipulation and spam policy."

While Amodio is no longer the reigning Jeopardy! champ (that honor is currently held by Amy Schneider), he is set to return to the franchise next year for the highly anticipated Tournament of Champions.

"Jeopardy!" star Matt Amodio
Former "Jeopardy!" champion Matt Amodio has wondered whether no longer being a part of the show has led to him losing his verification badge on Twitter. Jeopardy!/YouTube