'You're doing us really proud,' Lamont tells returning 'Jeopardy!' champ

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Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio has been on a "Jeopardy!" winning streak since he first began competing on the quiz show on July 21, 2021.

Yale University PhD student Matthew Amodio has been on a "Jeopardy!" winning streak since he first began competing on the quiz show on July 21, 2021.

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Before “Jeopardy!” champ Matt Amodio returns to the podium, he first needed to chat with Gov. Ned Lamont.

Matt Amodio, a Ph.D. student studying computer science at Yale University, is the third-highest winning contestant in a regular season of “Jeopardy.” He has won $547,000, according to a video posted to Lamont‘s Twitter.

Amodio returns to “Jeopardy!” to “defend his crown” Monday, Sept. 13.

“You’re doing us really proud, showing how smart we are in Connecticut and we’re cheering you on,” Lamont told Amodio via video chat.

Amodio said competing on the television show was a surreal experience.

“I definitely did not expect to meet the governor from this, so you just touched my heart by reaching out to me,” Amodio said.

Amodio said he’s a “huge history nerd” as the two gushed over Ron Chernow biographies. Lamont tested Amodio’s knowledge by asking if he knew which recent rock n’ roll drummer died last week (Charlie Watts of the “Rolling Stones”) and which “Rolling Stones” member lives in Weston (Keith Richards).