‘Jeopardy’ contestant’s barb: Final Jeopardy Answer

Published: October 27, 2015

‘Jeopardy’ contestant’s barb: Final Jeopardy Answer, When in doubt during a Final Jeopardy response, most Jeopardy! contestants may take the easy route out and leave their board blank or write in a message to their parents. Instead, Becky Sullivan decided to have some fun with her answer, even if it unintentionally insulted any liberals who may have been watching.

The final question asked the remaining two contestants to identify the name of a flower by its picture and by its name also being “a disparaging term for people on the political left.” Sullivan, unsure of the answer, wrote “pansy” as her response.

“I think you may have found a way to insult liberals in this country,” host Alex Trebek said before (and, oddly, after) revealing her response, which cost her her $6,000 cume. Fellow contestant Sean Anderson answered correctly and won the night.

Sullivan, an NPR producer, explained that she didn’t mean the answer as an insult to any particular polticial party, she “just put the only flower I knew that was also an insult.” She also revealed that she didn’t walk away entirely empty-handed while live-tweeting the episode.

OK here’s the deal with pansy: I actually didn’t know bleeding heart was a flower. I just put the only flower I knew that was also an insult

– Becky Sullivan (@becsully) October 24, 2015

Second place still gets me two grand though. Worth it. Sean did great.

– Becky Sullivan (@becsully) October 24, 2015

Insider info: this thirty seconds of footage with the Jeopardy “music” where we’re thinking and writing had to be re-taped. IT’S ALL FAKE

– Becky Sullivan (@becsully) October 24, 2015

Watch the full Final Jeopardy clip below.


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