‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Are Getting Really Annoyed Over Champion’s Habit
If you have ever watched the game show “Jeopardy!” you probably know that the answers work a little bit differently than most shows. On this particular show, the host actually reads the answer, and the contestant is supposed to answer with the question. For example, if the host reads the clue, “‘Jeopardy!’ fans are annoyed at this current contestant and ‘Jeopardy!’ champion,” the answer would be, “Who is Matt Amodio.”
Did you see what we did there? We answered with a question, and since the answer was a person’s name, we started the answer with the word “who.” Although Amodio is on a 6-game winning streak with “Jeopardy!”, he has overlooked this detail. Many fans of the show are really annoyed that he starts every single answer by saying, “What’s.” It doesn’t matter if the answer is a person. He will still say “what’s” instead of “who.”
Amodio first became “Jeopardy!” champion when Robin Roberts was guest hosting the show. Since then, LeVar Burton has been guest hosting the show, and Amodio is still winning.
Here is an example of what fans are annoyed about. In response to a clue about a particular author, Amodio answered by saying “What’s Updike” instead of “Who is John Updike.”
That brings us to another thing that’s annoying fans. He is abbreviating his responses. In the John Updike example he said “Updike” instead of “John Updike.” See for yourself in the video below.
Which of these books have you read? pic.twitter.com/pftzvn4Hhh
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) July 29, 2021
In celebration of Amodio’s 5-day winning streak, “Jeopardy!” shared an interview with the champion on Instagram. In response to a question about what emotions he is feeling, he responded, “Happiness, stress, happiness, stress, happiness, stress in that order.”
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The criticism from “Jeopardy!” fans probably isn’t helping with the stress.
“Jeopardy!” shared a celebratory tweet congratulating Amodio on his winning streak, and Amodio responded, “I have no words to describe how incredible this has been… thank you, #Jeopardy for making all this possible!”
I have no words to describe how incredible this has been… thank you, #Jeopardy for making all this possible!
— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 7, 2021
The responses to Amodio’s gratitude were mixed. Some fans made fun of him and called for him to leave the show. Meanwhile, other fans of the show are standing up for him.
the “form of a question” format has always been lame. It needs to go. Good for Matt for making it seem as stupid as it really is.
— Lane Browning (@theLaneBrowning) August 8, 2021
Unfortunately there should be an asterisk next to your name, denoting “won without having to phrase his response in a proper question”
— Maurice Fermin (@FerminMaurice) August 7, 2021
My family and I love watching you play every night!!! Congratulations and keep playing your game, your way🎉 You are a beast of knowledge, keep using it😊
— Diana Alvarez (@mamadidi32) August 7, 2021
I refuse to watch jeopardy until his run is over. Look when answering with the 5W’s is just as important as getting the correct answer. I have seen this game show penalize people in the past for that. Yet now you justify it and say it’s totally acceptable.
— Matthew (@astrayvagabond) August 8, 2021
Does it annoy you that Matt Amodio answers every question with “what’s”? Do you think answers should be counted correct even if the phrasing isn’t perfect and the answer is abbreviated?