Transgender Jeopardy! Winner Crowned Show's Most Successful 'Female' Contestant
Biological male Amy Schneider is Jeopardy!'s highest 'female' earner
The most successful “female” contestant to ever appear on "Jeopardy!" is actually a biological man.
Amy Schneider — the show’s first transgender contestant — became the highest-earning contestant who "identifies as female."
Schneider, who was born male but "identifies" as a "woman," was crowned the most successful "female" contestant after winning for the 18th consecutive time last Friday.
The transgender contestant beat out the former female record-setter, Larissa Kelly - a biological woman.
Schneider has now won $706,800 on the game show with a chance to win more in coming shows.
Kelly expressed her congratulations to Schneider after the historic moment was announced, NBC News reported.
"Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy record for a few years...but it's been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off," Kelly tweeted.
"Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show's history!"
To that, Schneider responded:
“Thanks so much, I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to some day watching the woman who beats us both!”
"I hope there will be a long line of such women, but you are certainly setting the bar extremely high for them! (And holy hell, that's *before* any tournaments...can't wait to see the fireworks to come!)"
NBC News stated that another victory on Tuesday would give Schneider another “game show history” win.
If she wins again Tuesday, Schneider will make game show history for a third time this year, tying with supply chain professional Julia Collins, who won the most consecutive games among the show’s female contestants in 2014.
Thanks so much, I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to some day watching the woman who beats us both!— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) December 24, 2021
So far Schneider, who won the game that aired on Tuesday, has won 20 games and racked up $768,600 in winnings, surpassing Kelly's $655,930 record.
"I am a trans woman, and I'm proud of that fact, but I'm a lot of other things, too!" Schneider tweeted in November.
"The fact is, I don't actually think about being trans all that often, and so when appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor," Schneider wrote in the same Twitter thread.
"But I also didn't want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful secret.
"While it's gratifying to know that people didn't necessarily know I was trans until they read about it, I do want people to know that aspect of me.
"I think being trans is really cool!"