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Amy Schneider wins $706,000 Becoming all time Female Jeopardy! Winner

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Transgender woman Amy Schneider made history on the popular daytime game show “Jeopardy!” that aired on Wednesday, winning for the 21st time and breaking the record for most wins by a woman.

In Tuesday's episode, Today reports she tied the 2014 record set by Julia Collins.

Dawn Ennis interviews Amy Schneider for the Daily Beast and asks her about being a trans person in such a high profile situation.

“I really want to praise everybody on Jeopardy!” Schneider said. “Until I brought it up, they never mentioned or referred to me being trans. And had I not brought it up, it was clear that they wouldn’t. And it would never have been commented on if I didn’t want it to be. I really appreciated that about them. I never had one even mildly uncomfortable moment around that with anyone on the Jeopardy! staff, and that was really, really great.”

So why out herself at all?

“One of the motivations was, I don’t want people wondering, and I don’t want people getting weird about it,” explained Schneider. “I also didn’t want to give the impression that it was a secret, and that it was something I wanted to conceal or that I was ashamed of, in any way, or anything like that. So, I didn’t want to be, you know, ‘the trans person,’ but I also didn’t want pretend like that wasn’t true or it didn’t matter.”

The former title holder Larissa Kelly congradulated Amy on her win, "Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy record for a few years...but it's been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off. Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show's history!"


Organist for Anaheim Ducks warm-up song thrills transgender Jeopardy! Champion

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Amy Schneider thrilled us when she became the new Jeopardy! Champion on November 17th. She has now gone on to become the fifth highest winner during the regular season amassing a whopping $483,000 in winnings!

Shortly after, Jeopardy!’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts announced that Amy was now fifth in the show’s record books for the highest winnings for regular-season play. Ken ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216), Matt Amodio ($1,518,601) and Jason Zuffranieri ($532,496) occupy the top four spots.

Amy Tweeted that she wouldn't be able to watch her last prerecorded match becuse it was being shown at 10:30 pm on Friday which is her date night. But she did have time to tweet about Lindsay Imbe, a newly out transgender woman. She simply said "Love This!" about the Anaheim Ducks organist pregame warm-up Jeopardy! rendition which she dedicated to the five-time champion.


Watch as Transgender Woman Amy Schneider Becomes New ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion

Amy Schneider Becomes New ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion

Amy Schneider, a transgender woman from Oakland, California, has just become the new Jeopardy! champion — and by a landslide, too, UPROXX reveals. The engineering manager earned the title (and a whopping $31, 600 in winnings) on November 17, putting an end to five-time champion Andrew He’s winning streak.

Ultimately, Schneider secured her big win when she was the sole contestant to correctly answer the final Jeopardy! question (“A cemetery on this island has the graves of Robert Fulton and 2 of the first 4 treasury secretaries,” “Manhattan”), demolishing the lead He had on her going into the final round.

Schneider was quick to thank the “handful” of transgender contestants that came before her for “blazing the trail,” before also acknowledging the success of former champion Kate Freeman, who won the competition December 16, 2020 and subsequently became the first openly trans person to win the game.

YI, I am not the first out trans person to appear on Jeopardy (a few friends have asked). There have been a handful before, including one, Kate Freeman, who was the first out trans champion on 12/16/20. My thanks to all of them for blazing the trail!