‘Jeopardy!’ followers decry ‘morbid’ Gabby Petito killer clue

“Celebrity Jeopardy!” is in sizzling water with its followers after a current episode referenced the suicide demise of Brian Laundrie, who killed his girlfriend Gabby Petito whereas on a highway journey in 2021.

On Sunday, movie star contestants John Michael Higgins, Joel Kim Booster and Wil Wheaton confirmed off their information for the trivia present’s semifinal. Among the many featured query classes was “The ‘A’ list,” during which the responses ought to comprise the letter “A.” After a card was chosen, host Mayim Bialik then learn the controversial trace.

“In 2021 fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Fla.’s Myakkahatchee Creek Area, home to these long toothy critters,” she learn.

The reply: “What are alligators?”

The purpose went to “Fire Island” star Joel Kim Booster, and the present rapidly moved on to the subsequent query. However followers had been shaken by the clue.

“I was mortified to be watching Jeopardy and low and behold they asked a casual question about alligators referencing Brian Laundrie! Oh Mayim. Oh Jeopardy! What incredibly poor taste,” tweeted one fan on Sunday.

Laundrie’s stays had been discovered final October after authorities say he shot himself within the head. He was 23. His stays had been discovered within the Florida nature protect after he went lacking amid the search to query him in Petito’s killing.

The coroner mentioned Petito died of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation” in September 2021. The FBI mentioned in January that Laundrie admitted to killing his girlfriend in a pocket book discovered close to his stays.

Lawyer Steven Bertolino, who represents the Laundrie household, instructed TMZ on Monday that they want some accountability for the clue.

“The entire Laundrie family is appalled and concurs with all of the comments on social media on how distasteful this was,” TMZ reported. “I believe an apology is due.”

A consultant for “Jeopardy!” didn’t instantly reply to The Occasions’ request for remark Tuesday.

“Jeopardy!” followers mentioned that the clue was not solely in poor style, however an oblique strategy to the proper reply.

“So unnecessarily morbid,” tweeted another fan. “Could have said anything related to Florida and gotten there.”

One other fan tweeted it was beneath “Jeopardy!” requirements, and “showed a complete lack of class and total disrespect.”

See extra fan reactions to Sunday’s trace beneath: