“Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider has eventually been defeated after a 40-game profitable streak.
On Wednesday’s episode Schneider, the brainy engineering supervisor from Oakland, California, shed to Rhone Talsma, a Chicago librarian, just days after becoming the quiz show’s second all-time winner Monday.
Schneider trails only Ken Jennings, winner of the game show’s 2020 Greatest of All Time tournament and current host of the syndicated quiz demonstrate. Jennings holds the history of most consecutive games with 74, which he set in 2004.
Schneider tells Usa Nowadays she was amazed by her longevity on the quiz clearly show, at present TV’s best-rated nonsports program with 11 million viewers. “I’m rather fantastic at it, and I imagine if matters go well, I could almost certainly gain a few or 4 games,” she predicted. Now the most profitable female in the show’s background, she’s acquired a area in the quiz show’s Hall of Fame and will enjoy in the next Event of Champions alongside Matt Amodio, whose 38-working day streak Schneider just eclipsed.
“This has been a clearly show that has been part of my life as prolonged as I can keep in mind, that I’ve beloved my total lifetime,” says Schneider. “To know that I’m generally heading to be related with it, always heading to be part of ‘Jeopardy!’ record is just a really cool feeling.”
This week’s episodes had been taped very last November, so Schneider has held her operate (and its finish) under wraps for months.
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Schneider was in the lead at the conclusion of Wednesday’s initially round with $7,200. Talsma and a third contestant, Janice Hawthorne Timm, trailed with $3,400 and $2,000, respectively. But tides began to switch during “Double Jeopardy!” when Talsma narrowed Schneider’s direct many thanks to a Day-to-day Double. “And quickly, this game isn’t as out of reach as it appeared a second in the past,” Jennings remarked.
Schneider tells Usa TODAY she began to worry when Talsma doubled his score.
“Rhone and I were both wanting for that last Everyday Double,” she suggests. “And he, very rightly, clearly manufactured the conclusion to guess it all… As soon as he did that, I knew it was likely to arrive down to ‘Final Jeopardy!’ I knew that I experienced been having difficulties a little bit with ‘Final Jeopardy!’ not long ago, and so I knew I was in trouble.”
Likely into the very last round Schneider, with $27,600, was within Talsma’s attain soon after he racked up $17,600. Hawthorne Timm, a new music educator from Ukiah, California, sat in third location with $3,200.
Jennings observed the possibility of an upset. “For the initially time in what appears like fairly a even though, ‘Final Jeopardy!’ is going to be very crucial right now,” he reported. “So a lot hinges on this class”: Countries of the Globe. The clue: “The only country in the planet whose name in English ends in an H, it can be also a person of the 10 most populous.”
Talsma the right way answered Bangladesh, incorporating $12,000 to his day’s winnings for a complete of $29,600. A stumped Schneider could not arrive up with an response and lost $8,000, dropping her to $19,600.
Talsma grabbed his chest in disbelief. Jennings also commented on the astonishing consequence. “Something could materialize on ‘Jeopardy!'” he reported, encouraging viewers to tune in for Thursday’s present.
Talsma spoke of the shock of his victory in a statement released by “Jeopardy!”
“This is my preferred display,” he stated. “I was so fired up to be here, and I just wished to do my finest. I did not anticipate to be facing a 40-day champion, and I was thrilled to possibly see anyone else slay the giant. I just actually did not feel it was heading to be me, so I’m thrilled.”
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Schneider claims she was saddened by her decline, even if it was inevitable.
“Being on ‘Jeopardy!’ has been the most entertaining thing I have at any time carried out in my entire everyday living, and I didn’t want it to be more than,” she suggests. “And it was really hard to acknowledge that it was, even even though I’ve known for a while this could happen.”
When Schneider left the stage, she was taken to in which contestants were consuming a snack, where she tried “to preserve it amazing.” Then she “excused myself to the toilet and cried for a few minutes. And then pulled myself together and headed again out.”
But she says there are vibrant places to ending her operate.
“I know that one of the to start with thoughts I had was, ‘Well, I will not have to come up with any far more anecdotes” for the small communicate in between contestants and Jennings. “Beyond that, it experienced been a large amount. It had been a disruption in my daily life. I haven’t been able to devote as a lot time with my girlfriend and my cat. So there’s definitely a part of me that was like, ‘I’m happy I can just get back again to all that.'”
Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender representation, said Schneider’s results on the clearly show as a transgender women girl has supplied a “vibrant place” of LGBTQ visibility amid the political turmoil of discriminatory legislation currently being proposed in a amount of states, including Schneider’s home condition of Ohio.
Republicans in the Ohio legislature have recently launched expenses to ban transgender women from taking part in on female athletics teams, as properly as limit the clinical treatment transgender little ones get.
“Amy Schneider has offered ‘Jeopardy!’s 9 million-furthermore nightly viewers a historic 40-video game operate full of masterful gameplay, although her media interviews and Twitter recaps of each and every recreation have given followers a glimpse into her everyday living as a intelligent, charming transgender female with a girlfriend and a rescue cat named Meep,” Adams explained in a statement. “Amy’s achievement will be celebrated for several years to occur by ‘Jeopardy!’ fans and LGBTQ men and women almost everywhere.”
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Schneider’s complete winnings – $1,382,800 – put her in fourth put for typical period perform, about $135,000 at the rear of Amodio’s $1,518,601. James Holzhauer, a experienced (and aggressive) bettor, netted $2,462,216 over 32 days and sits in second behind Jennings’ winnings of $2,520,700.
To get ready for the Tournament of Champions this drop, Schneider says she’ll practice creating down her “Final Jeopardy!” remedy while watching the present at property.
“I uncovered that that was genuinely what was incorporating to my stress ranges in ‘Final Jeopardy!’ was not only having to arrive up with (the response), but then I have to make guaranteed I get it composed down legibly, in time,” she suggests. “So I require to get past that mentally.”
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Contributing: Anna Staver, The Columbus Dispatch