‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Reveals Tattoo She Can’t Show on Air

by Josh Lanier
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Amy Schneider said Jeopardy! producers asked her to cover up the large and revealing tattoo on her upper arm for legal reasons. She recently showed off the ink to her fans and explained the significance of the personal piece.

The 13-time champion has a few weeks off as Jeopardy! hosts its first-ever “Professors Tournament,” so she decided to take her social media fans behind the curtain. During a discussion with fans, she showed off a photo with her cat Meep. They noticed the tat and want to know more.

Ozma of Oz is the subject of my tattoo,” she said on Twitter. “For those unfamiliar, L. Frank Baum penned numerous sequels to The Wizard of Oz, all of which had Princess Ozma as the ruler of Oz. She was the true heir, but a sorceress stole her as a baby and enchanted her to become a boy. The magic is eventually lifted, and she is shown to be the lovely princess she has always been. It looked like the ideal image to celebrate my change! “Eventually, the enchantment is lifted, and she is revealed to be the beautiful princess she always was,” added Schneider. “So it seemed like the perfect image to commemorate my transition!”

Amy Schneider noted that Jeopardy! producers asked to her cover it up because they’d need to get permission to show it on air. Though she didn’t have any clothes that would cover it up, she told Newsweek.

“I also generally don’t wear long sleeves, but I had a tattoo that had to be covered up because if it wasn’t, they’d have to get clearance from the artist, and that’s sort of a copyright issue,” she said. “So, I had to wear long sleeves every day, which was unusual for me. So I was a bit worried about it.”

Amy Schneider Hopes to Inspire Others with ‘Jeopardy!’ Run

Schneider became a Jeopardy! fan favorite right out of the starting blocks. She has a quick wit and is continuing one of the most fruitful times in the show’s history. But she wanted to let fans in on some of the darker times in her life, as well, to show that every mountain is scalable.

She explained that she moved to the San Francisco area in 2009 with her wife. She wanted to pursue her dream of stand-up comedy at the time and decided to leave Ohio for a major city. That dream of performing didn’t work out, and within a few years, things were bleak.

“In 2016, my father passed away, Kevin Durant joined the [Golden State] Warriors, my wife and I split up, I realized I was trans, and [Donald] Trump got elected,” Schneider wrote on Twitter. “It was quite a year!”

But it was the beginning of becoming her “true self.” And she says she’s much happier now. She hopes that her time on Jeopardy! can inspire others.

“I am so incredibly grateful,” she told news station KGO-TV. “Hopefully I can send a positive message to the nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show too.”

Schneider returns to Jeopardy! to go for her 14th win on Dec. 20.