‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Hopes Win Streak Will Make People Forget About Show’s Controversies

by Chris Haney

Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider is currently on a 16-game win streak on the popular game show. She’s already in fourth place in all-time wins and only sits behind legendary contestants Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Matt Amodio. Having Amodio’s win streak start this season and Schneider’s follow soon after in the same season has been a treat for fans. In fact, Schneider hopes her success will help get rid of the “bad taste” leftover from the Mike Richards scandal.

Following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek in November 2020, the show brought in various celebrity guest hosts. After a months-long search for Trebek’s permanent replacement, then-executive producer Mike Richards took over the podium on August 11th of this year. However, that didn’t last long since Richards was unceremoniously removed from the coveted role as he faced scrutiny from previous podcast comments and discrimination lawsuits. Only nine days after Richards took the job, he stepped down from the position after Jeopardy! faced massive backlash for the hire.

While speaking to the Daily Beast recently, Schneider opened up about the Richards scandal. She admitted it may have damaged the game show’s image a bit, but she hopes the show can move on from it sooner rather than later.

“For one thing, I hope that [my win streak] can get the bad taste of Jeopardy!‘s last year out of everyone’s mouth and get them more into what Jeopardy! has always been about,” Schneider shared.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Says the Game Show Was ‘Tarnished’ By Richards Scandal

As reported before, it took contestant Amy Schneider years to make it on the famous game show. It took more than a decade, but her persistence eventually paid off. Yet when she finally did get the call, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed her appearance by another year. Therefore Schneider missed out on competing with Alex Trebek as host, but she also missed out on Richards’ short stint as host as well.

“I’m glad that they pushed me back a year and I didn’t have to be directly involved with any of it,” Schneider admitted. “I’m glad that [Mike Richards] is gone and there’s no point in my talking too much about it because it’s all kind of done at this point.”

Once Richards left the show, actress Mayim Bialik took over as host. In addition, the game show brought back iconic contestant Ken Jennings to host as well. Jennings has been the host during Schneider’s run on the show, and she’s been thankful to have him at the podium.

“I think that it’s disappointing to see such an institution be a little bit tarnished. It was not fun to witness,” she added. “But I do feel like it’s getting back on its feet. I think Ken [Jennings has] been a great host.”