Transgender 'Jeopardy!' contestant's winning streak finally comes to an end
January 26, 2022
Screenshot from video on the "Jeopardy!" YouTube channel
Transgender "Jeopardy!" contestant Amy Schneider's impressive winning streak came to an end after a whopping 40 wins on the show.
Schneider racked up more than $1.38 million in winnings and will return in the future for the gameshow's "Tournament of Champions."
Schneider now sits in second place behind Ken Jennings for the most consecutive games won on the show —Jennings won 74 consecutive games.
"The best outcome of all of this always is going to be whatever help I’ve been able to offer the trans community," Schneider said, according to the Associated Press. "I'm here because of the sacrifices countless trans people have made, often to the extent of risking their lives. To do my part to move that cause forward, it's really special."
After Schneider, a biological male who identifies as a woman, surpassed the record held by Larissa Kelly for the most all-time winnings of any woman on the show, Kelly congratulated Schneider for "becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show's history!"
Schneider replied, "Thanks so much, I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to some day watching the woman who beats us both!"
In another tweet in December, Schneider wrote, "I'd like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I'm a man. Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind."