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Streak Over But ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Opens a new chapter for the show – NBC10 Philadelphia

One word that made all the difference Wednesday on “Jeopardy!”

The quiz show champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling record has come to an end, won by a Chicago librarian after 40 straight wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money.

Schneider’s success has put her in the ranks of Ken Jennings, who is taking on the role of guest host and other all-time celebrities of the quiz show. It also makes Schneider, a transgender woman, an obvious symbol of achievement for those who are often marginalized.

“Still a bit hard to believe,” she said of her impressive run.

New champion Rhone Talsma has the correct answer for the final “Jeopardy!” The clue for the total win is $29,600. Schneider, who found himself in an unusual position entering the final round unable to run away, came in second with $19,600.

“I’m still in shock,” Talsma said in a statement. “I don’t expect to face a 40-day champion, and I’m excited to see someone else take down the giants. I really didn’t think it would be me, so I’m happy. ”

Schneider told the Associated Press that Talsma played well and was “very good at taking opportunities when they came and putting himself in a position to be able to win”.

The answer that confused Schneider was about the countries of the world: The only country with an English name ending in an “h” and also one of the 10 most populous countries. (Turn on the music “Jeopardy!” – and the answer is “What is Bangladesh?”)

Among her immediate reactions when the game and her streak were over: She was sad but also relieved because “I don’t need to come up with any more anecdotes,” stories that Students share during recess.

Contest participants will receive their winnings after their last match airs, and Schneider’s spending plans include shopping for clothes and especially travel.

A technical director and Dayton, Ohio, native of Oakland, California, Schneider’s regular play during the season saw her win 2nd place in consecutive games, placing her between Jennings vs. 74 games and Matt Amodio, who won 38 games in 2021.

Schneider’s prize pool of $1,382,800 puts her in fourth place on the regular season winners list, behind Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Amodio ($1,518.601).

Schneider will be part of the program’s “Champions League” and be the first transgender person to qualify.

She was preparing for her streak to end, she told the AP.

“I feel like my time is ticking away, even though it doesn’t look like that in the scores,” says Schneider. The habit of going to Los Angeles to see a movie — five screenings a day, two days a week — was exhausting, and it took a huge toll.

After surpassing Amodio’s number of consecutive wins, she added, the prospect of trying to break Jennings’ long-standing record was “hard to imagine”.

Schneider’s extensive knowledge, lightning-fast replies, and polite yet efficient manner have earned her a devoted following. Comedy writer Louis Virtel, who starred in “Jeopardy!” contestant, tweeted earlier this month that Schneider was like a “episode staffer, and when she’s done, she picks up her briefcase, nods, and leaves.”

She was also admired for her ability to handle anti-trans trolls, with a measured response that got her yelled at by writer and Broadway star Harvey Fierstein.

“The best outcome of all of this will be whatever help I can bring to the transgender community,” says Schneider. “I am here for the sacrifices countless transgender people have made, often with their own lives. Doing your part to push that cause forward, it’s really special. ”

Schneider has a message for “Jeopardy!” viewers will miss out on making her part of their daily routine: “I realized that I’m really sad for all of my fans. … I want to thank them for all their support, and tell them it’s okay. “

The performances of Schneider and Amodio helped to reduce “Jeopardy!” passed the erroneous replacement of admired presenter, the late Alex Trebek. Executive producer Mike Richards was selected by Sony Pictures Television to replace Trebek last year, but was quickly left out of the show after old podcasts emerged that included other misleading and demeaning remarks. his.

The permanent host has yet to be named, with Mayim Bialik, who has been dubbed the host of “Jeopardy!”. special and Jennings trade-offs this season. Jennings is also a consultant producer for the show.

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Huynh Nguyen

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