‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Defends Contestant from Online Criticism

by Josh Lanier
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Amy Schneider isn’t a fan of all that being a multi-day Jeopardy champion brings. Schneider recently won her 12th game in a row, but she’s is taking time out of her celebration schedule to attack so-called “sexist” attacks made against a fellow contestant.

Pam Schoenberg made Amy work for her win on Tuesday. Pam’s performance was outstanding, even getting props from guest host Ken Jennings after the game. Fans, though, dragged her on social media posts for her aggressive Jeopardy! play style. Schneider pushed back on Twitter, calling some of the attacks sexist.

“So for the record: Pam’s competitiveness was one of my *favorite* things about her,” she wrote in a long Twitter thread. “Jeopardy! is a competition! You better believe that every time you see me on that stage, I desperately want to win. And the whole joy of competition is facing off against other competitive people.”

“When all is said and done, the games I’m going to remember the most are the ones where I was up against the stiffest competition. And last night’s game will absolutely be on that list. Hats off to Pam, she came to play that day, and I’m grateful that she did!”

Amy told fans to continue to pick their favorite players and to cheer hard for them. But they should also realize it’s just a game.

“Thus, the vast majority of you will not be surprised when I say that Pam, the human being (as opposed to “Pam” the character on Jeopardy) was a perfectly nice person, with whom I had quite pleasant interactions before, during, and after taping our episode. But I feel it’s important to acknowledge: we all know that some amount of the criticism that Pam received, she received for being a woman…”

Amy Schneider Continues ‘Jeopardy!’ Streak This Season

It’s an embarrassment of riches for Jeopardy! producers. This season has produced three major champions. Matt Amodio kicked off this season with his streak of 38 consecutive games won, which included an astounding 1,299 correct answers, and a massive $1,518,601 jackpot from his time on the show. Amodio has the second-longest win streak in the show’s history behind only Ken Jennings.

“To see myself on this stage at all was an honor,” Amodio told the official “Jeopardy!” site as his run ended. “And everything that’s happened since, I just can’t fathom.”

Jonathan Fisher unseated Amodio. And with any giant slayer, you want them to continue on to prove it wasn’t a fluke. Fisher did that. He went on to win 11 in a row, earning $246,100 in the process.

Amy Schneider has now one 12 games in a row, collecting more than $483,000 in the process. And there is no ending in sight. This year’s Tournament of Champions is going to be a showdown.

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