May 9, 2022 - Sports

Streak of "super-champions" helps "Jeopardy!" push past host fiasco

Amy Schneider. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

"Jeopardy!" contestant Mattea Roach's run of 24 games came to an end Friday night, capping off what has been a historic streak of "super champions."

Why it matters: The recent run of new "Jeopardy!" stars comes after the show's host drama last summer that saw Mike Richards, a former executive producer of “Jeopardy!” picked as the new host of the show before an abrupt exit.

What they're saying: “It has really let people fall in love with ‘Jeopardy!’ again and forget about what happened to focus on all of these amazing contestants,” Andy Saunders, who runs website, told AP.

  • Saunders said viewers become attached to the characters after seeing players night after night. And ratings for the show have gone up as well, the AP reports.

Flashback: Richards, an executive producer who led the search for a new host after the death of previous host Alex Trebek, was announced as the show's co-host along with Mayim Bialik on Aug. 11, 2021.

  • A report from The Ringer found that Richards had used “offensive language” and negative remarks about women’s bodies on a podcast.
  • Richards stepped down from the role shortly after the report.

The big picture: "Jeopardy!" still hasn't nailed down its new host, relying on both Bialik and "Jeopardy!" record-setter Ken Jennings to host the show through its 38th season, per Deadline.

  • Bialik was originally tapped as the new host of the primetime and spinoff shows for "Jeopardy!" after Richards' exit.
  • Maurer, who defeated Roach, will now look to extend her winning streak, continuing the run of super champions as the show seeks its new host.

Since then, three contestants — Roach, Amy Schneider and Matt Amodio — all had winning runs that were among the top five winning streaks for the show, per The Associated Press.

By the numbers: Roach's run ended at 24 games after Friday's night loss, per AP, but she became the show's youngest major winner.

  • Amodio notched 38 straight victories.
  • Schneider's history-making streak ended at 40 games. She became the first woman to win $1 million on the game show and the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
  • Jennings still holds the streak record from his 74-game winning run in 2004.

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