“Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio reached his 33rd victory on Friday which landed him in second place on the all-time consecutive wins list.
Now his total winning amasses to a staggering $1,267,801. On Monday, he stopped by “Good Morning America” to talk about his incredible winning streak.
Amodio admitted he stays “laser-focused” by tackling just “one question at a time.”
The Ph.D. student from New Haven, Conn. added he also has lady luck on his side. “Once you get in a grove things can just take you,” he told the morning show anchors.
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George Stephanopoulos asked Amodio how he feels as a contestant on the iconic game show as it continues to make headlines over its host drama.
“‘Jeopardy!’ [is] not one person. ‘Jeopardy!’ is a whole team and there’s one person changing but everything else is staying the same,” he reasoned. “The crew does a great job of keeping the contestants comfortable and making them feel special.”
He specifically gave a shout-out to host Mayim Bialik. “She’s great. She’s a lot of fun. When the host has energy and is enjoying it, that spreads to the contestants,” Amodio said.
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Amodio is in a rarefied position: he is behind only Ken Jennings, who remains in the number one spot with 74 wins.
“Ken’s always been the face of ‘Jeopardy!’ to me, so when I think of Jeopardy!,’ I think of him,” Amodio said in a press release. “To [be] right behind him is a surreal experience.”
Amodio’s next game is Monday.