Danger!‘s Tournament of Champions as new champion: Amy Schneider. On Monday, Schneider triumphed in the competition as a record number of super champions all competed for the $250,000 prize over the course of the tournament. Schneider appeared in six Tournament of Champions matches, taking on Andrew He and Sam Buttrey, eventually winning her final match with a total score of $28,600.
“I feel great,” Schneider said in a press release (via PEOPLE). “Earlier in the final I had the sudden moment where I saw myself and thought ‘I’m on the podium in the Tournament of Champions final’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
Schneider had previously competed against He on Season 38 of Jeopardy where she ended He’s five match winning streak.
“I wanted both [compete against He] and was afraid to face him again,” Schneider said. “I knew he was one of the best competitors in the field. He was definitely someone that I knew he could beat me because he almost did before, and he did it a few times here as well. Any of the three of us really could have won if a very small number of things had turned out differently. I’m glad we got a fair chance to test our skills against each other, and I’d love to play him again one way or another.”
Schneider is the most successful woman Danger! contestant in history She is also the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions and her win also makes her the first transgender winner in that category. Schneider currently ranks second in terms of all-time consecutive wins, behind only Ken Jennings, who hosted the tournament. Jennings and Mayim Bialik share co-hosting duties for Jeopardy! overall this season.
“With Mayim and Ken, we have two outstanding hosts who are at the beginning of their careers as Jeopardy! Danger! “Ken will kick off the season in September, hosting the inaugural Second Chance competition and the highly anticipated Tournament of Champions featuring Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Ryan Long and many, many more. His first hosting run will bring us to and with December charges.”
“In the meantime, Mayim will host Celebrity Danger! on ABC in primetime,” he continued. “If she takes over Ken in January, the current plan is to have her host a few new tournaments, as well as the Danger! National College Championship and as many weeks as she can handle on her other prime-time commitment for “Call Me Kat.” We know you value consistency, so we won’t be flipping hosts all the time and will keep you updated on the hosting schedule.”
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