Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider has been on a hot streak!
As of Monday’s game, Amy Schneider won her 39th game for a total of $1,319,800 dollars. This officially puts her in front of Yale Ph.D. student Matt Amodio’s record of 38 games to put her squarely in second place. She still sits behind host Ken Jennings and his all-time record of 74 games set back in 2004.
Even if she doesn’t beat Jennings’ record, Amy’s run has been nothing short of historic. Amy has become the first trans champion to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, which will be held later this year. She is also the fifth millionaire in “Jeopardy!” history, and the fourth to do so on regular gameplay.
On Monday morning, Amy gave an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopoulos to talk about her historic run!
Amy Schneider Charms Fans With Exclusive Interview On ‘Good Morning America’
During a live interview on Monday morning, Amy was all smiles as they described her as the “Winningest Woman” in the show’s history.
When asked what her “secret” was, Amy replied, “You know, I’m not really sure about a lot of it. I’ve never expected to do this well. But I think that the main secret is just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff.”
Although she says she never expected her record-breaking win streak, when she was younger, she was voted “Most Likely To Appear On ‘Jeopardy!’” by her classmates.
“Yeah, I mean, I was good in school,” Amy said. “I got good grades. I won the spelling bee. So, yeah, I mean, I definitely… I did expect to be on ‘Jeopardy!’ and to do all right. I just never expected to do quite this well.”
Amy Schneider Talks Advice From Ken Jennings
When asked if host Ken Jennings had given her any advice, Amy replied, “He’s limited in what he can tell me just because he’s the host. He has to stay neutral and whatever. I think the advice he gives all of us before every game is to relax, have fun, and enjoy the moment. And that’s definitely something I’ve been trying to do.”
“Trying?” George echoed.
“Oh, I’ve been enjoying it, let me be clear, yes,” Amy said as George laughed.
When asked about her buzzer technique, Amy said, “I had research from other past ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants and the advice that they gave and I practiced at home with a ballpoint pen. But, you know, you don’t really know until you get there. And so the sort of strategy I had in mind, the way I was planning to time it, that first game, it just wasn’t quite working as well as it needed to.”
She continued, “And for whatever reason, I just decided to kind of like throw that out and stop thinking about it and just purely try to go on instinct and feel and from then on, I’ve just been really good at the buzzer and I didn’t know that would be the case and I’m pretty excited that it has been.”
So What Is Next For Amy Schneider Post ‘Jeopardy!’ Fame?
When asked about preparing for her new “Jeopardy!” fame, Amy said that she didn’t really expect to be as famous as she is. “I mean, there’s a bit of a gap between the taping and the airing, so I did have some time to get used to the idea. But I didn’t really know what it would be or how famous is ‘Jeopardy!’ famous. So it’s been a lot but it’s mostly been really fun.”
When asked what the best part of the experience was, Amy said that the best part has been “being on TV as my true self, expressing myself, and representing the entire community of trans people and just kind of showing a different thing that maybe some people have seen, of just being just smart, confident woman, and just doing something super normal like being on ‘Jeopardy!’”
When asked about the upcoming Tournament of Champions, Amy said that she was “definitely looking forward to it.”
“I’m also a little bit intimidated by it,” Amy admitted. “When I first started, I wasn’t sure if I might be going up against Matt Amodio and I was really hoping I wouldn’t, and now it turns out I’m going to have to anyway. So it’s going to be really challenging, a lot of strong players there, but it should be a lot of fun.”
In terms of what’s “next” for Amy Schneider, she said that she’s not sure, but she’s thinking about it. “I’m considering, do I want to write a book?” Amy mused aloud. “Like, what other opportunities might be out there? And I’m really exploring that.”