The people behind the popular television game show “Jeopardy!” have issued an apology following recent episode in which a contestant was penalized for saying that the Church of the Nativity was located in the Palestinian territories.
On a recent episode of the game show, a clue under the category “Where’s that church?” asked contestants the country in which the Church of the Nativity, which is in Bethlehem, West Bank, less than 6 miles south of Jerusalem.
When contestant Katie Needle answered “What is Palestine?” she was ruled incorrect. Then contestant Jack McGuire answered “What is Israel?” and was ruled correct.
In a statement posted on the “Jeopardy!” website Monday, the production team explained that during the filming of the episode, “we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic.”
“In accordance with our rules and in the interest of fairness, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie’s and Jack’s scores to what they were prior to the clue,” they continued.
“The outcome of the game was not affected. We then continued the game with this replacement clue.”
“Jeopardy!” included a link in the statement to a short YouTube video showcasing the replacement clue for the “Where’s That Church?” category.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski