Entertainment TV 'Jeopardy!' Champion Matt Amodio Loses Game Ending Long-Running Streak After 38 Consecutive Wins "I always wanted to be a Jeopardy! champion and I accomplished that," the exiting champ said By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 11, 2021 07:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Matt Amodio's time on Jeopardy! has officially come to a close. The Yale University Ph.D. student's 38 game winning streak came to an end during Monday's episode of the hit game show. Amodio –– who originally hails from Medina County, Ohio –– came in third with $5,600 during Monday's episode, bringing his overall prize money earnings to $1,518,601. An actor from Florida named Jonathan Fisher came out on top, finishing by a small margin as he scored $29,200 over statistical research specialist Jessica Stephens, who earned $28,799. Amodio got stumped over a Final Jeopardy! clue regarding which nation Nazi Germany annexed and divided into regions of The Alps and The Danube before the Allies split it into four sectors. But Fisher and Stephens answered the clue correctly as "What is Austria?" Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Jeopardy! Contestant Matt Amodio Wins 33rd Victory — And Now Has the Second-Most Consecutive Wins "Everybody's so smart and so competent that this could happen any game," Amodio said in a statement. "And this time it did." Even with Amodio's loss Monday, his efforts up until now put him in the number two spot on the all-time consecutive wins list behind Ken Jennings' 74 wins. His cash winnings additionally place him in the number three spot behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700). Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Amodio will next appear on the upcoming Tournament of Champions season, where Jeopardy!'s top players from the previous season compete against each other. RELATED VIDEO: Reflecting on The Life & Legacy of the Late Alex Trebek: 'Nobody Can Replace Alex' "I always wanted to be a Jeopardy! champion, and I accomplished that," Amodio said in a statement. "l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I'm going to come in with a little intimidation factor. But also, I just like the badge that it represents." "As somebody who prioritizes knowledge and knowing things, this is really a good one to have following me everywhere," he added. Amodio made Jeopardy! history in September when he became the third all-time highest winner. Despite his vast knowledge, he has admitted pop culture is his weakest subject area. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "I did my best. Thankfully, if there's one thing the internet has information on, it's celebrities. That's pretty easy," he told Vulture last month. "I did my best to be interested in the minutiae of the celebrity eye. I'm naturally a curious person, which helps, but I still went in very skeptical. This is gonna be miserable every second I spend on TMZ reading about these people. But as I learned more, I was able to appreciate the nuances of things and started asking questions," he continued. "I would read about Brad Pitt and how he was married to Jennifer Aniston before Angelina Jolie. How did that end? Well, that was an interesting outcome. I found myself interested in the answers to these questions more than I thought I would be." Mayim Bialik is serving as an interim host for the 38th season of Jeopardy! alongside Jennings. The Big Bang Theory alum and neuroscientist, 45, was initially cast as the host of Jeopardy! primetime and an upcoming spinoff series.