'Jeopardy!' Addresses Controversial Question Amid Backlash


“Jeopardy!” producers are apologizing for a mistake on Friday night’s episode that broached the controversial topic of Israeli control of the West Bank.

The show reported that the incorrect version of the show was sent to television stations all across the United States, reported Associated Press.

The question asked contestants to identify the location of famous churches.
One of the clues was, “Built in 300s AD, the Church of the Nativity.”

One of the contestants, Katie Needle, answered, “What is Palestine?” Trebek said she was incorrect. Her opponent, Jack McGuire, answered, “What is Israel?” McGuired was correct and gained $200.

Some fans of the show immediately expressed their opinions on social media.

AP reported that the church in Bethlehem is located in the West Bank, and that some countries say it is in Palestine while others, including the U.S., do not.

Producers released a statement on the show’s website. They realized the question was problematic and replaced it with another one.

Writers and producers called this “human error.”

“We regret the error and we will make sure this never happens again,” the show said in a statement.

This isn't the first time fans argued over an answer.

Back in December, acute viewers said the question in the final round could have had two accurate answers because of the way a question was presented.

The question was, “The first words spoken in this 1970 Best Picture Oscar winner are ‘Ten-hut’! Be seated.” The show said the correct response was “What is Patton?”

Fans argued that the correct answer was “Midnight Cowboy.” The movie won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture. “Patton” won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Picture, but was released in 1970.

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