‘Jeopardy!’ Issues Apology After Backlash for ‘Outdated and Inaccurate’ Medical Answer

by Samantha Whidden

Following the recent backlash about an outdated and inaccurate medical answer from last night’s Jeopardy! episode, the hit game show is ready to address the situation.

As previously reported, the backlash began after one of the Jeopardy! clues read, “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is also known as grinch syndrome because this organ is too small,” was actually inaccurate. The clue fell under the category of “Plain-Named Maladies.”

Dysautonomia International, a non-profit that raises funds for research and promotes awareness for autonomic nervous system disorders, addressed the clue by stating, “This appeared on Jeopardy tonight. Grinch syndrome is an offensive term. Can you imagine Jeopardy! making light of cancer or MS patients with a ‘funny’ name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable. We’d love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system.”

The organization then adds, “Hey Jeopardy! no one with any credibility calls POTS “Grinch Syndrome.” Promoting outdated misogynistic terms to describe a debilitating autonomic nervous system disorder that impacts millions of Americans is not cool. We request an apology on behalf of our community. Do better.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Apologizes For the Inaccurate Clue

In a post on Twitter, the Jeopardy! team tweets, “Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize.”

Jeopardy! fans took to the social media platform to support the game show off, while others were curious as to why the clue was even created. “Thank you for the apology,” one Twitter user writes. “However, we still don’t have an explanation as to how this term made it to air. It’s a term almost everyone with POTS hasn’t even heard of. IF there were more disabled and chronically-ill people working for you, this wouldn’t have happened.” The Twitter user also asks how the show will prevent this kind of situation from happening again. 

Dysautonomia International also responded to the post by tweeting, “Thank you Jeopardy! We accept your apology and appreciate that you were willing to listen to our patient community. We’d love to see some autonomic nervous system clues in the future!”

Savannah Guthrie Is Currently Guest Hosting on ‘Jeopardy!’ 

The Today Show’s host Savannah Guthrie is guest hosting for Jeopardy! this week. The journalist began her hosting duties last week. Guthrie recently announced that more than $105,000 has already been raised for The Bowery Mission as part of her hosting stint on the show. 

According to its website, The Bowery Mission serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers. The organization provides services that meet the homeless’ needs and transforms their lives from “poverty and hopelessness to hope.” “Friend of the Mission, Savannah Guthrie, kicks off her second week as a guest host on @Jeopardy!” the organization proclaims in a Twitter post. “So far, contestants have helped raise over $100k for The Bowery Mission. Tune in all this week to watch the totals grow!” 

Guthrie is set to finish her Jeopardy! guest hosting gig on Friday.