In a clue about church locations, the show did not accept “Palestine” as the response to the location of The Church of the Nativity, despite the fact it is located in territorial land claimed my Palestine — but that Israel controls under violations of international law.
In a statement on its website, “Jeopardy!” says that “human error” resulted in the incorrect version of the show airing.
During the taping of the episode, “Jeopardy!” says it realized the issues with the clue and “threw it out.”
Taping was stopped and the contestants affected by the clue had their scores adjusted (including taking $200 away from the contestant who said “Israel” and the show ruled as being correct).
The thinking here is that since the first contestant, who answered “Palestine,” would have been ruled correct as she probably should have been, the other competitor would never have rung in.
In addition, given the complexities surrounding the issues with the clue, “Jeopardy!” says its rules allow for resetting the scores to the way they were before the clue was read.
“Jeopardy!” also notes the error did not end up affecting the outcome of the game (likely at least in part due to the low value of the clue).
During the taping, a replacement clue was used — shown in the clip below that was released by game show.
However, in post production, the Nativity clue ended up being left in and the replacement clue edited out.
“Jeopardy!” rules (and those of many other game shows) allow for the editing of games due to production or material problems that do not affect gameplay, though they are typically required to add a disclaimer to the credits when this happens.
“Unfortunately … in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast. We regret the error and we will make every effort to ensure this never happens again,” reads the post.