‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Talks Thoughts on Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings

by Chris Haney

During a recent interview with Jeopardy!‘s current champion Amy Schneider, the contestant shared her thoughts on co-hosts Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings.

Schneider has now won six games in a row, and her win streak has already put her in rare company. After five consecutive wins, the Oakland-based engineering manager qualified for the popular game show’s “Tournament of Champions” event. In fact, she dethroned another five-time champion in Andrew He last week to start out her run of victories.

Following legendary host Alex Trebek’s death last year, the show utilized a rotating cast of celebrity guest hosts. Iconic competitor turned host Ken Jennings became the first in a long line of guest hosts beginning earlier this year in January. Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik also took over the Jeopardy! podium as a celebrity guest host.

After executive producer Mike Richards’ unceremonious exit from this season, Bialik and Jennings have taken over the show. Jennings, who is well-known for his record-setting 74-game win streak on Jeopardy!, is currently at the helm. He’s hosted each episode since Nov. 8 and overseen Schneider’s current win streak. When speaking to Newsweek recently, Schneider gave her thoughts on the pair as hosts.

The computer science graduate is a longtime fan of the show who’s been trying to get on Jeopardy! for more than a decade. Therefore she knows Jennings well. She called it an “absolutely” surreal experience to be competing with Jennings at the podium. However, she’s enjoyed both Jennings and Bialik as hosts so far.

“I will say that when they said it was gonna be Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik for a while, I was quite happy with that decision. I like both of them,” the Jeopardy! champ said to Newsweek.

Current ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Says There’s a ‘Sense of Comfort’ With Jennings as Host

As Amy Schneider continued to speak about the Jeopardy! hosts, she shared further details about Jennings who has hosted each of her six wins. She likes the fact that he’s a former contestant who is widely considered the greatest of all time. Schneider values the fact that he knows what the show’s contestants are going through at any given moment while competing.

“I think that it turned out to be really nice because the thing about it with him is, you know that he understands what you’re going through and how stressful it is and all that sort of thing,” Schneider said when speaking about Ken Jennings.

“And beyond that, there’s a sense of comfort in that if you’ve given an incorrect answer, odds are he’s gonna at least understand why you went that direction—you were misled by the clue, or whatever it is, which is a little better,” Schneider added to Newsweek.