'Jeopardy!': New champ on Ken Jennings' and James Holzhauer's heels after becoming 3rd highest-earning winner

A general view on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping
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Matt Amodio has made “Jeopardy!” history, again.

On Thursday’s night episode, the game show champion became the 3rd all-time highest winner in “Jeopardy!” history after winning his 17th consecutive game, Fox News says.

The Yale graduate student from New Haven, Connecticut, earned a whopping grand prize total of $547,600, putting himself in the game-show Hall of Fame alongside champions Ken Jennings ($2,520,700) and James Holzhauer ($2,462,216).

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Amodio wizzed past previous “Jeopardy!” champions including Jason Zuffranieri ($532,496) and David Madden ($430,400).

“The show has had so many brilliant people [on it]. I'm honored to be thought of as even close to them," Amodio said in a statement after his big win.

After securing his title as the 5th highest earner in the game show's history last week, Amodio said he was humbled to be a member of the "Jeopardy!" Hall of Fame.

“I can’t believe it,” he told Cleveland.com. “In summary, I’m no Ken Jennings or James Holzhauer, so for there to be any list that starts with them and eventually gets to me is mind-boggling. Ideally, I would just hope to make them proud of me.”

On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” announced not one, but two hosts to replace the beloved late host Alex Trebek for the first time in the show’s history.

"Jeopardy!" executive producer Mike Richards is set to host the daily syndicated program and “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spin-off specials of the quiz show.

"We are thrilled to begin the next chapter of America's Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of Jeopardy!," said Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures. "We took this decision incredibly seriously."

Ahuja continued: “We are excited to get to work with them both and are confident that they will carry on the legacy of this iconic show."

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