The most pretentious game show on television has slipped again.
Hawkeye “Jeopardy!” viewers have discovered another flaw, this time in a Final Jeopardy! designation on Wednesday.
The category was 19th century literature, with the clue: “This author first thought of a parrot before choosing another bird that can ‘talk just as well’.”
Ben Collins of NBC News tweeted a screenshot image from the June 22 episode showing the error. “Find the typo in Final Jeopardy!” he insisted.
The answer was “Edgar Allen Poe”, but the joke had nothing to do with him – it was the third “L” in the word “equal”.
“What typo, Ben Colllins?” joked music journalist Pamela Chelin with her own typo in response to Collins’ tweet.
However, some viewers didn’t find the typo that funny.
“Wow, not the same standard of excellence,” declared one critic.
“Wow, I made it through the last edit!” mocked another† “You would think there would be a team that checks these things.”
“Danger!” producers had time to correct the boo-boo for their digital audience, who saw the clue in its corrected form, as some fans later noted on Twitter. Nevertheless, some were comforted by the idea that such an error can happen to anyoneevidently including Collins himself†
“As a guy who can’t write a tweet without forgetting a word in the middle, I finally feel like I’m on Jeopardy’s level,” he responded in his thread.
Meanwhile, some angry viewers exclaimed Collins for accidentally ruining the climax of that night’s match before they had a chance to see it live on the West Coast.
“It’s annoying as fvck when people on the east coast tweet @Jeopardy’s final cues before it airs on the west coast…it would be great if you all stopped doing that,” one critic wrote:†
It’s one of the few in their long run for 38 seasons, but the second in just a few weeks.
Earlier this month, the show mistakenly identified the name of a pivotal town in Nassau County, New York in a clue — sparking a public statement by a local politician who accused the media of erasing it. “For years, Uniondale community leaders have fought to ensure their hometown gets the full recognition it deserves from the government and media organizations,” Nassau County lawmaker Siela Bynoe reprimanded.
In March, the long-running show was similarly criticized for downplaying Russia’s war with Ukraine, describing it as “serious border issues”. On the other hand, some fans agreed the clue was legit, with one calling the response “a clear indication of how sensitive and ridiculous cancel culture can be.”