Amy Schneider officially became the first woman to surpass $1 million in wins on “Jeopardy!” this week. Current host of the show and “Jeopardy!” champion himself, Ken Jennings weighs in.
The official Twitter account for the game show announced the big news on Friday. The tweet reads, “With $1,019,600 in all-time winnings, Amy Schneider has joined a very exclusive club among Jeopardy! Champions!” Ken Jennings was quick to add his support, tweeting “She did it! And in just 28 games, faster than my pace and tied with Matt Amodio.”
Fans of the show offered their support for Schneider as well. One viewer chimed in, “So exciting to see such an amazing champion, yet another from this past year. And so thrilled that she is representing our community.”
Amy Schneider Shares Her ‘Jeopardy!’ Experience
Amy Schneider also took to online platforms to share her gratitude for her position today. “I’ll get back to the backlogged game threads tomorrow. But I just want to acknowledge how overwhelmed I am by the things being written about me, and about what this run means. This has been a life-changing experience, thank you all so so much for your kindness and support,” Schneider writes.
This isn’t the first time Amy Schneider has made history during her run of “Jeopardy!” wins. The champion also became the first openly transgender woman to qualify for the tournament of champions earlier this season.
In an interview with KETV, the braniac herself shared how her experience on screen has had an impact on other transgender people. Schneider tells the news station, “I have definitely heard from other trans people who have been sort of thrilled to see me out there. But one of the things that I’ve enjoyed the most is hearing from parents, and sometimes grandparents, of trans people, an older generation. There’s a lot of fear for their loved ones who are trans, and worry that they might be limited in life. To be able to go out there and show that I can be successful in a very mainstream type of way has, I think, made a lot of them feel better about the people in their lives.”
Amy Schneider became not only the first woman to surpass the $1 million mark on “Jeopardy!”, but the fourth person to do it ever. With her hefty wins, Schneider is joining a list made up only of current show host Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Matt Amodio.
“It feels amazing, it feels strange,” the champion said in a press release. “It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name.”
As it stands now, Schneider is sitting atop a 28-game winning streak.