Why ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Is on a Break This Week

by Maggie Schneider

Amy Schneider, the 10-day “Jeopardy” champion, is taking a two-week break from the game show. This is the reason why:

In case you missed it, Amy Schneider is the new contestant to beat on “Jeopardy.” Winning 10 consecutive games in a row, she is the first openly transgender competitor to make it to the “Tournament of Champions.” While her gameplay is unmatched, fans wonder why Schneider is taking a break.

The reason is simple, and viewers should not worry. The two-week hiatus is due to the airing of “The Professor’s Tournament.” It is a special edition of the show and a fan favorite. Professors from around the country compete for a grand prize of $100,000. The winner also receives a spot in the “Tournament of Champions.” They will be going against Amy Schneider (among others) for the big title.

Mayim Bialik hosts the two-week special event. Beginning last night, “The Professors Tournament” will conclude on Friday, December 17th. There are 10 episodes total, with 15 professors participating. These contestants are from all different schools and backgrounds, making it an exciting competition. They represent different areas of the country, as well as studies. Katie Reed is an Associate Professor of Musicology at California State University Fullerton. Hester Blum is a Professor of English at Penn State University. The knowledge among these competitors is endless.

“It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the Jeopardy! stage,” Bialik said, according to Newsweek. “There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special.”

‘The Professors Tournament’ Structure

According to Newsweek, three professors compete against each other in each episode. The first five episodes will allow each professor a turn. These five winners will make it to the semi-finals. Four other competitors will advance as wild cards. The highest money totals will be taken into account. After that, the remaining contestants will compete for victory.

It is hard to see Amy Schneider losing her winning streak in the “Tournament of Champions.” However, fans know how supportive she is of other contestants. On November 25th, Schneider tweeted about the downsides to winning.

“The one thing that sucks about Jeopardy is that for me to win, the other contestants have to lose,” she says. “Madeline was a very nice person as I said, and as a viewer watching at home, I would have loved to see her go on a run of her own (no offense to Dan btw). But I don’t want to lose!”

Her sweetness is something that viewers root for with every show. Who will Schneider be put up against from “The Professors Tournament?” We will have to wait and see.