Amy Schneider’s amazing run on Jeopardy! ended last night capping a consecutive 40 wins on the long-running game show.
Schneider is the top female contestant in the show’s 38-year history.
In the end it was Rhone Talsma, a queer librarian from Chicago, who was able to unseat the first transgender competitor to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
“It’s really been an honor,” Schneider said in a post-game statement. “To know that I’m one of the most successful people at a game I’ve loved since I was a kid and to know that I’m a part of its history now, I just don’t know how to process it.”
The Washington Post reports:”Her streak led to a bump in ratings; earlier this month, Jeopardy! was the most-watched non-football program on TV, according to Nielsen.”
As the Jeopardy! video notes, Schneider’s track record across 40 consecutive wins includes 85% runaway games, 95% correct answers, and winnings of $1,382,800.