Amy Schneider’s “Jeopardy!” winning streak came to an end last night, after 40 consecutive wins.
Schneider lost in Wednesday’s matchup to Chicago librarian Rhone Talsma. Although Talsma trailed Schneider for the first part of the game, he caught up with her after correctly answering a Daily Double in the second round, and sealed the deal with a correct answer in Final Jeopardy! Schneider finished the game in second place.
Schneider’s loss concludes her history-making run on the popular trivia game show. She now holds the second highest number of consecutive wins, behind only Ken Jennings (74). And with a cash total of $1,382,800, Schneider is also the winningest woman in “Jeopardy!” history. She is fourth in total earnings, behind Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216), and Matt Amodio ($1,518,601).
“It’s really been an honor,” she said in a statement posted on the show’s website. “Just to really know that I’m one of the most successful people at a game I’ve loved since I was a kid … and just to know that I’m part of its history now – I don’t even know how to process it.”
Following last night’s game, Schneider posted to her Twitter account, calling “Jeopardy,” “one of the best shows on TV. She added, “I have no doubt that before too long you’ll find another great champion to root for. If nothing else, watch Rhone get introduced tomorrow, they made a really great moment out of it! Once again, thanks, and I’ll see you soon!”
In a tweet posted to his account, “Jeopardy!” host and winningest contestant Ken Jennings praised Schneider. “Of all the Jeopardy! greats, I’ve never seen anyone that played the game with the kind of unflappable ease that Amy Schneider always seemed to have.”
Of all the Jeopardy! greats, I’ve never seen anyone that played the game with the kind of unflappable ease that Amy Schneider always seemed to have. pic.twitter.com/YDBPwd2Don
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 27, 2022
Fortunately, we haven’t seen the last of Schneider on “Jeopardy!” She will return for the Tournament of Champions – the first ever out trans contestant to qualify.