Former “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider took to Twitter just after midnight on Thursday, April 14, to share that all was not well in her world.
Many fans were surprised to hear that things were not going well for the former “Jeopardy!” champion, who won over a million dollars when she set a new second-place record for 40 wins won in a row. Since leaving the “Jeopardy!” stage, Amy has quit her job, signed with CAA to start writing a book, has gone traveling, got engaged, and even toured the White House.
However, Amy took to Twitter to say things in her life have been difficult lately.
Amy Schneider Says Life Is ‘The Best It’s Ever Been, Just Tough’
My life’s been tough lately. It’s been *good,* to be clear, about the best it’s ever been, just tough. So I’m going to take it easy for a bit, and focus on low stakes tweets like “À la recherche du cell phones perdu” or “Every generation needs to discover Cutco for themselves”
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) April 14, 2022
Amy tweeted, “My life’s been tough lately. It’s been *good,* to be clear, about the best it’s ever been, just tough. So I’m going to take it easy for a bit, and focus on low stakes tweets like ‘À la recherche du cell phones perdu’ or ‘Every generation needs to discover Cutco for themselves.’”
“À la recherche du cell phones perdu” is French for “In search of the lost cell phones.”
Many fans quickly took to the comments to comfort their favorite “Jeopardy!” champion, who is due back on stage for the 2022 Tournament of Champions later this year.
“Pace yourself – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Stop and smell the roses,” one fan wrote. “I have 20-year-old Cutco scissors that are only for sewing – no paper!! Still very sharp.”
“Mine are for the kitchen and are called ‘the hundred dollar scissors,’” another shared. “Always screaming, ‘Who took the hundred dollar scissors out of the kitchen?!’”
Another replied, “Mine have red handles and we do this too!”
Fans Share Comforting & Encouraging Words For Amy Schneider
“GIRLLLLL YOU DO WHATEVER YOU NEED & WANT!!!!! You have errand every second and emotion!!!” another commented. “You’re a true inspiration!!! I hope we get to meet someday!! Until then stay safe sweet and never stop believing in yourself.”
“You deserve a good long rest! Please take care of yourself! My 14yo trans daughter Alexandra needs wonderful role models like you to feel pride and assuredness,” another shared. “Thank you so much for all you’ve done for her future with your honesty and bravery! Mama Bear hugs!!”
“Rest sweet lady, you’ve achieved so much so quickly,” another commented. “I’ll look forward to seeing you in the Tournament of Champions.”
On March 31, many fans were absolutely shocked when they saw Amy Schneider giving a press briefing at the White House. While she was there, she spoke with Doug Emhoff and denounced the recent anti-LGBTQ legislation currently underway throughout the United States, including the polarizing “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Amy Schneider Speaks Against Anti-LGBTQ Legislation At White House
So, um, this happened. They did *not* tell me I would be asked questions, but put me on a stage and I just can’t help but perform lol https://t.co/1te0VLKkPz
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) March 31, 2022
There are over twenty-five different pieces of legislation being proposed by Republican state governments that seek to restrict transgender children from obtaining gender-affirming healthcare. Many southern states, including Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, have also implemented bans against transgender athletes.
In a brief interview with reporters, Amy said that this recent wave of conservative legislation is “really scary.”
“Some of them, in particular, are denying medical services to trans youth,” she said. “Those are life-saving medical treatments. These bills could cause the deaths of children, and that’s really sad to me, and it’s really frightening.”
Schneider said that she was “really honored to be here and really grateful that this was being celebrated, that the Trans people are being celebrated in a place like this.”
She summed up her speech with encouragement for trans youth.
“Hang in there,” she said. “I think that this backlash right now is temporary. I think that the country overall is on our side, and getting more so every day, and I think it’s not going to be too long until these sorts of bills are seen as a thing of the past.”
The full three-minute video was shared by CSPAN on Twitter and can be watched above, along with Amy’s caption: “So, um, this happened. They did *not* tell me I would be asked questions, but put me on a stage and I just can’t help but perform lol.”
She added a note about her hair in the comments. “Note about my hair: it was very windy today in DC. Also my hair is just like that lol.”