Jeopardy! is whipping up controversy again.
The show had a hard time finding permanent hosts to replace legendary host Alex Trebek.
Now Jeopardy! had one clue that left all viewers gasping for air.
Jeopardy! came under significant fire when trying to replace long-time host Alex Trebek after he lost his long bout with cancer.
Several guest hosts were brought in on a revolving basis, including NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, but the show settled on Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards, who got strong reviews from fans of the show.
However, the backlash to Richards was almost instantaneous – “woke” fans were furious that the show picked another straight white male to host.
Then there were allegations that Richards harassed women in his role as producer of The Price Is Right.
After that, Richards resigned his position as permanent host, then he was later fired from his job as producer.
The show instead chose to hire well-known leftist Ken Jennings – the show’s longest-running champion – for the regular episodes, and actress Mayim Bialik for the special event episodes.
And during an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, Bialik read one clue that had everyone’s jaw on the floor.
The show’s clue read, “In 2021 fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home to these long and toothy critters.”
Comedian and actor Joel Kim Booster correctly responded, “What are alligators?”
The show raced past the moment, but viewers were immediately stunned that Jeopardy! would so casually refer to Brian Laundrie, the man who brutally murdered his girlfriend Gabby Petito before taking his own life.
The wounds are still fresh from the tragic ordeal.
One fan wrote on Twitter, “This is the most tasteless and insensitive answer I’ve ever seen on any Jeopardy! What the hell were they thinking? Making light of that tragic situation is repugnant. Damn.”
Another fan added, “THIS, this is beyond offensive. It’s appalling & completely insensitive, not to mention totally unnecessary. Shame on, [Jeopardy].”
One other fan wrote, “What in the hell is wrong with you? Have you no soul? I can’t believe this question got past your lawyers.”
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement to TMZ, “The entire Laundrie family is appalled and concurs with all of the comments on social media on how distasteful this was. I believe an apology is due.”
Jeopardy! is known for avoiding controversy, so it’s stunning that the clue made it through so many filters.
The show has yet to respond to the backlash about the insensitive clue.
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