‘Jeopardy’ under fire for ‘morbid’ clue to Gabby Petito murder

“The danger of celebrities!” faces criticism for an “insensitive” clue involving Brian Laundrie’s confessed murder of Gabby Petito and his subsequent suicide.

In Sunday’s episode, host Mayim Bialik read the clue: “In 2021, fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his life in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home to those long, toothy twitters .”

“What are alligators?” “Fire Island” star Joel Kim Booster answered correctly.

The show’s decision to tie an alligator clue to the high-profile case left viewers upset.

“I was mortified watching Jeopardy and low and…they asked an informal question about alligators referencing Brian Laundrie! Oh Mayim. Oh hazard! What an incredibly bad taste,” a viewer wrote.

“You couldn’t have gotten to the AAAAAANY alligator any other way????” another observed.

“So unnecessarily morbid. Could have said anything Florida related and made it happen,” an irritated spectator intervened. Another expressed a similar sentiment: “May Brian Laundrie invite was disgusting and insensitive. There really was no better prompt for the word “alligator”????

It’s been a hectic week for the game show franchise. Bialik’s counterpart, Ken Jennings, recently caught the eye by throwing “oh shit!” for accidentally giving an answer during an exhibition match during the Tournament of Champions.

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If you or someone you know needs help, dial 988 or call 1-800-273-8255 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also get help by text message by visiting suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat. Outside the United States, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.


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