Jeopardy! Addresses Controversial Bethlehem Query Amid Backlash: 'We Remorse the Error'

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The producers of Jeopardy! are setting the document straight a couple of contentious query that aired throughout Friday’s episode, wherein it seemingly deemed that Bethlehem is positioned in Israel and never Palestine in its reply.

The controversy started when contestant Katie Needle responded to a query underneath the “The place’s That Church?” class. When prompted by a clue concerning the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the place Christians consider to be the birthplace of Jesus, she answered Palestine —  which host Alex Trebek mentioned was incorrect.

Fellow contestant Jack McGuire was rewarded with $200 for buzzing in with the reply of Israel moments later, inflicting an uproar amongst Palestinian rights advocacy teams on-line.

Bethlehem is geographically positioned in Palestine, however sits on a territory at the moment occupied by Israel within the West Financial institution.

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On Monday, producers launched an announcement to Deadline to elucidate the gaff, attributing the published of the query to “human error in post-production.”

“Within the strategy of taping this clue, ‘BUILT IN THE 300s A.D., THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY’ we turned conscious that the clue was flawed as written and that figuring out an appropriate response can be problematic,” the assertion learn. “In accordance with our guidelines and within the curiosity of equity, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie’s and Jack’s scores to what they have been previous to the clue. The end result of the sport was not affected.”

“Sadly, via human error in post-production, the uncorrected model of the sport was broadcast,” the producers mentioned. “We remorse the error and we are going to make each effort to make sure this by no means occurs once more.”

Jeopardy! since additionally launched a video of what ought to’ve changed the query, which featured a clue concerning the Basilica of Our Girl of Guadalupe in Mexico.

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Twitter customers have been fast to weigh in final week, saying the sport present sided with Israel on debates surrounding the longstanding geopolitical battle.

“Unacceptable!! Bethlehem is within the Palestinian territories which Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle bought the proper reply & was robbed),” one consumer tweeted. “@Jeopardy owes an apology for endorsing Israel’s universally-condemned unlawful takeover of Palestinian lands.”

“Hey @Jeopardy — the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is positioned within the West Financial institution which — underneath worldwide regulation — is occupied by Israel,” one other wrote. “The occupied land can be recognized, underneath worldwide regulation, because the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

That consumer added, “additionally Katie is an actual one.”

Needle responded to that tweet, writing, “Thanks! Palestine ought to be free.”

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