Amy Schneider's run ended just two days after clinching the second-best Jeopardy! win ever.
Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, won the match with a correct Final Jeopardy response on Wednesday. Schneider ended the game with $29,600, $10,000 more than Schneider who didnt answer the clue: What is Bangladesh?
Schneider said in a statement that he had thought that Rhone was going to be tough going into it. I liked hanging out with him, we had a great conversation before the taping, but I could tell that he was here to play and that he was going to be good. I still came very close to winning, but I did feel like maybe I was slipping a little bit. And once it was clear that he was fast on the buzzer, I knew it was going to be a battle all the
Schneider gains $1,382,800 over her 40-game run, ranking fourth on the Jeopardy! money list, despite Ken Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Matt Amodio ($1,518,601).
Schneider, the first transgender person to be a Jeopardy! champ and now the best woman in the shows history, said: It's really been an honour.
"I'm still in shock. This is my favorite show.... I was so excited to be here, and I just wanted to do my best. I did not anticipate to be a 40-day champion, and I was really excited to see someone else slay the giant. I just really didn't think it was going to be me, so I'm still in shock."
The Sony-produced syndicate show averaged 11 million daily viewers the week of January 10 and is at 9.4 million for the season, making it the most watched entertainment program in any daypart in 2021-22.