Amy Schneider wrote a long list of thanks after her historic Danger! The series came to a close on Wednesday, including a heartfelt message to her friend, Genevieve Davis.
“And, of course, most of all I want to thank Genevieve. When we started dating, she knew that I would be in Jeopardy, but she didn’t really know what that meant. She never watched the show, so even when I started winning, she really didn’t understand how big it was all going to be,” wrote Schneider.
She noted that her partner “had to put up with a lot” during her 40-game winning streak on the game show, including spending time apart while filming the show in Los Angeles and dealing with unwanted media attention.
“But through it all, she never hesitated to support me as I pursue my dream,” Schneider continued. “I would never have survived a record without knowing that after that I would fly home to see her and that even though she hoped I would win, she would feel the same way for me whether I win 0 games or 100” .
The couple lives in Oakland, California and share a cat, Meep, who also received a special thanks on Wednesday: “I want to thank Meep for being so cute and fluffy; she was definitely glad that I lost because she didn’t like that I kept disappearing for days.”
Others on the list included Schneider’s mom, her friends, fans, and Jeopardy! crew. She also congratulated Ron Talsm, the Chicago librarian who won Wednesday’s episode.
Schneider, an engineering manager, made history earlier this month as the first woman to win over $1 million on the show. She collected a total of $1,382,800 in winnings.
In the fall, Schneider will return to the show to compete in the Tournament of Champions. She was the first openly trans person to qualify for the tournament.
“Seeing transgender people anywhere in society where you haven’t seen them before is very valuable for the kids right now who are seeing it,” Schneider said in an interview with KGO-TV in San Francisco last year. “I’m so grateful for giving some nerdy little transgender the realization that they can do it too.”