JEOPARDY! has caused an uproar after using a “flawed” and “disputed” biblical clue on Wednesday’s episode.
Fans denounced the hot-button religious Final Jeopardy question and are demanding more considerate writers.
Starting last month, Ken Jennings, 48, began presiding over 21 (now three) game show greats from the past year.
The first player to win three matches gets the $250K grand prize – tonight Andrew notched his second win meaning the underdog is now one away from victory.
But Final Jeopardy left people so angry that they wanted tonight’s results to be thrown out as well as whoever wrote it.
Going into Final Jeopardy, professor Sam led with $14,800, Andrew with $13,200, and Amy with $2,400.
Under the category “The New Testament” it read:
“Paul’s letter to them is the New Testament epistle with the most Old Testament quotations.”
Amy got it correct according to Ken with “Who are The Hebrews.”
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Ken said: “Yes, Jewish followers of Christianity so of course, Paul quoted the old testament.”
Sam revealed he wrote the “Who are the Romans” – this alternative was not accepted.
Ken groaned: “he wrote the Romans” and denied him the win which he would have otherwise gotten.
Andrew didn’t have the correct response with “Philippiaes” but had enough earnings to win after the new scores were shown.
HURT & CONFUSED
Fans flooded Reddit in a furious internet thread expressing offense and anger.
Hundreds of hurt viewers expressed how biblical texts and who wrote them are largely up for debate – including parts of The New Testament, so the question was misleading in itself.
“What a bunch of crap,” one fan wrote. “This is a terrible clue. The authorship of Hebrews is disputed. Not counting Hebrews, Romans has the most. Sam was robbed.”
A second penned: “I’m sorry but Sam should have won today and now I don’t care who wins thanks to this BS Final Jeopardy.”
“Way to go writers you have just screwed up the biggest TOC in years,” wrote a third.
Dozens more were distraught, as another put it: “This was a flawed question. This is exactly why the writers’ room needs a complete overhaul ASAP.”
“Between this and Sunday’s Celebrity Jeopardy! alligator clue, Jeopardy! needs to take a closer look at the writing,” wrote one more.
Yet another viewer said: “The TOC is officially now a sham. Congrats on the Jeopardy staff for ruining the one good thing this show still had going for it following Alex’s departure…Sam got 100% robbed on this one.
“Having any level of scholarship into the Bible would lead you astray of the ‘correct’ answer, as the authorship has been in question for centuries.”
Wikipedia sited a book and wrote: “The Epistle to the Hebrews of the Christian Bible is one of the New Testament books whose canonicity was disputed.
“Traditionally, Paul the Apostle was thought to be the author.
However, since the third century, this has been questioned, and the consensus among most modern scholars is that the author is unknown.”
Jeopardy! writers have generally been with the show for decades and only a dozen of them if not fewer.
Sunday’s Celebrity game featured this clue: “In 2021, fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Fla’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home to these long & toothy critters.”
The shocking question made national news, and the family of Gabby Petito demanded an apology.
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