‘Jeopardy!’ hit with backlash after contestants mispronounce answer
“Jeopardy!” had a pronunciation problem on Monday’s episode.
All three contestants lost out when they mispronounced the response to a $1,600 clue in the Double Jeopardy category “The Quotable Alex” that asked the source of a quote about socialism.
The answer was Russian writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. All three gave that answer but none pronounced it to the satisfaction of host Mayim Bialik.
Juveria Zaheer went with “solitchnitchin.”
Sami Casanova tried “soliznitsin.”
Hannah Wilson said “soltsaneetchin.”
“We’re looking for ‘solzhanitsin,’” Bialik said.
Some viewers of the show weren’t happy with the ruling, with one commenting on social media, “If you’re not going to accept anyone’s attempt to pronounce Solzhenitsyn, don’t write a clue about him.”
Another wrote, “Solzhenitsyn. I get it’s hard to say, but one of them was fairly close. Of all the names to be strict on.”
Returning champion Wilson won Monday’s game, her fourth.
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