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‘Risk!’ the champion reaches 1 million dollars; negotiating fame, transferring rights – Twin Cities

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By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider is adding to the list of people who love to brag and admire.

Already the highest-earning female contestant in the quiz show’s history and the woman with the longest winning streak, on Friday she became one of only four “Jeopardy!” players to hit seven numbers in the regular season winnings.

She grossed $1.02 million from 28 wins, cementing her fourth spot on a list that includes Ken Jennings with $2.5 million; James Holzhauer, $2.46 million and Matt Amodio, $1.52 million.

Schneider, who is also fourth in consecutive wins, will return to action on Monday.

Polite and welcoming on TV and in an interview with the Associated Press, she doesn’t sound like the gloating type. But she feels tickled by the fact that she completed a prediction by her 8th grade classmates in Dayton, Ohio: She was voted most likely to be a “Jeopardy!” contestant, based on the geographical and spelling abilities of bees.

Notably, she was the first transgender person to qualify for the show’s champions tournament. In a series of tweets last November, Schneider said she’s proud to be a transgender woman and wants people to know that side of her, adding, “but I’m a lot of other things too!”

Schneider’s “Jeopardy!” Her accomplishments have made her both an inspiration and a target for telepathic insults online – which she dismisses with the very quote she displays on TV. Her ingenuity was noticed by Harvey Fierstein last week.

“I couldn’t be prouder if she were my own daughter,” the writer and Broadway star tweeted.

Fun fact: Schneider is proud of a podcast she did on “Downton Abbey” and invites those interested to listen to “hundreds of hours of content” about the PBS series.

Schneider, an engineering executive living in Oakland, California, recently spoke to the AP about her budding fame, keeping a day job — but dreaming of an entertainment career — and becoming a voice for the transgender community. Comments have been edited for clarity and length.

AP: Are you upset about how well you did in ‘Jeopardy!’ Is not?

SCHNEIDER: Absolutely. Just seeing myself on TV is still almost a shock, even though I was there when it all happened. I thought I could win some matches but I don’t think I’ll do this well. One day, my girlfriend mentioned some famous person who attended her high school, and I thought, “I know someone who went to my school.” I looked it up on Wikipedia and there I was, listed under the list of notable alumni. It was a very strange moment to witness that.

AP: You mentioned actress Laverne Cox and comedian Natasha Muse as transgender women you feel inspired by. Have you heard from people who see you as a role model?

SCHNEIDER: I’ve certainly heard from other transgender people who were thrilled to see me out there. But one of the things I enjoyed most was hearing from parents, and sometimes grandparents, about transgender people, an older generation. There is a lot of fear for their loved ones who are transgender and worry that they may be limited in life. I think, to be able to go out there and show that I can be successful in a very mainstream way, has made a lot of them feel better about the people in their lives.

AP: Given that Cox and Muse are both performers, is that something that strikes a chord in you? You’ve finished acting, and is comedy something you’re interested in?

SCHNEIDER: I’ve been doing open mics around town, just for fun and not taking it seriously, but I’ve been a performer all my life. When I was struggling with the need to debut, certainly one of my fears was, ‘Will I still be comfortable in public and will I be able to perform after the transition?’ And seeing them certainly helped with that.

AP: Is an entertainment career your goal?

SCHNEIDER: I’m dreaming about it. I don’t know exactly which way I want to go about it, and I don’t know what opportunities there will be from this (the program). But I’m working on my writing as an area where I can find some opportunities. Other than that, I just sort it out and see what may or may not happen when it does.

AP: Last month, after you got the tweet about “Jeopardy!” success from Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, you asked your followers in the state to consider that voting for a Republican in this year’s election will make your life better. you harder. How did you decide to make a statement that brought you to another level of exposure?

SCHNEIDER: I’ve definitely thought about that, and I don’t want my social media to be where people argue about politics all the time. But at the same time, I can’t ignore the fact that there are people out there who are threatening my brothers and sisters in the transgender community. Here I have the opportunity to say something about it, and I cannot be completely silent. I don’t necessarily want to be a transcendentalist about it and constantly babble. But I also cannot be silent, when I know that many people are in real danger of hurt and harm from political policies.

AP: You had a polite response to someone who tasked you with tweeting.

SCHNEIDER: I grew up in a Republican household and a Catholic background, and many of the people I love are conservative in different ways. I know them, and I know they don’t go out of their way to do harm and they have a reason for the positions they hold. So I want to engage people from (above) scope where possible. But it has to be in a condition where my right to exist is granted, otherwise we can’t talk.

https://www.twincities.com/2022/01/07/jeopardy-champ-hits-1-million-talks-fame-trans-rights/ ‘Risk!’ the champion reaches 1 million dollars; negotiating fame, transferring rights – Twin Cities

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