'Jeopardy!' Champ Amy Schneider Quits Her Day Job

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday February 10, 2022

Trans "Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider quit her day job after becoming the game show's most successful female contestant ever. Schneider, who had been a software engineering manager, announced the change in a Feb. 8 tweet, People Magazine reported.

"It's a bit nerve-wracking to pivot from software engineer to... public figure, I guess?" Schneider posted. "But regardless of the outcome I'm so excited to spend the next couple years at least tackling this new challenge!"

Though Schneider has to wait for six months before appearing on any other game show due to an agreement with "Jeopardy!," the 42-year-old wiz said that she's "sort of seeing what else is out there," mentioning an interest in "voice acting."

Another possibility might be hosting the game show, which has had a series of temporary hosts, but no permanent replacement, since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek in 2020.

If offered such a gig, Schneider said, "I wouldn't say no. That would definitely be something I'd be willing to explore."

One thing Schneider is definitely moving forward with is a book.

"My agent — which still feels like such a weird thing to say — really wants to get moving on that real quick while the publicity is out there," People recalled Schneider saying in a Jan. 27 interview with GLAAD that was streamed on Instagram Live. "That's what I know for sure."

Schneider's streak of 40 consecutive victories enthralled the nation and brought her $1.4 million in winnings.

"Schneider's success put her in the ranks of Ken Jennings, who's serving as guest host, and the quiz show's other all-time greats," the Associated Press reported after Rhone Talsma ended Schneider's winning streak. "It also made Schneider, a trans woman, a visible symbol of achievement for often-marginalized people."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.