‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Bizarrely Avoided Ryan Gosling Category, Fans Hilariously Respond

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Jeopardy! How could this be true? All your contestants avoided questions about Ryan Gosling?

So, the geniuses can answer very specific questions about literature and geography and not know the work of Canada’s most handsome import. Wow.

That’s all we know for right now. Jeopardy! official twitter posted about it, Friday.

“This category is for all the @RyanGosling fans – even if the contestants avoided it!”

However, the category would please the late Alex Trebek, who died in November of pancreatic cancer, 10 days after hosting his last Jeopardy! show. Trebek was from Canada and loved to name-drop fellow Canadians, particularly if they liked hockey.

Trebek included Ryan Reynolds on one of his final shows. Reynolds is from Vancouver. Maybe he’s not as handsome as Ryan Gosling, but he’s just as famous. Reynolds made a virtual appearance on the show.

He asked the contestants about NPCs. Those are non-player characters in video games. Jeopardy! helped cross-promote Reynolds new movie Free Guy. He stars as a bank teller and NPC who tries to save the game from the developers. The movie’s premiere date now is set for May.

When Trebek died, Reynolds tweeted: “He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”

Ryan Gosling was a pop culture answer during a 2014 edition of Jeopardy. Trebek asked the Jeopardy contestants “this Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury looks a lot like this star from Half Nelson and Drive.”

“Who is Ryan Gosling?”

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Ryan Gosling is the 40-year-old pride of London, Ontario. Trebek was a native of Sudbury, Ontario. That’s just over the Georgian Bay. The two were practically neighbors.

Jeopardy! fans on social media were stunned that the contestants would avoid questions about Gosling, the star of The Notebook and Crazy Stupid Love. He earned a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for La La Land. And, achieved his first Oscar nomination for playing a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson. He doesn’t always play the heartthrob.

The Twitter comments to the Jeopardy post were hilarious.

Here’s a sampling:

“Poor Baby Goose.” (We agree. Gosling would be disappointed that this show, which liked to promote Canada, would avoid him).

“What is the greatest movie ever…..The Notebook” (Maybe, what is the best Nicholas Sparks movie).

“I would destroy this category.” (But do you know your chemical symbols).

“See, this is where I’d choke. Don’t know much about Ryan Gosling.” (For shame).

“I just want to know the last answer. I’ve got my question ready!” (Us, too).

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