'Jeopardy!' apologizes for controversial question about the birthplace of Jesus

A general view of the West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem on Dec. 19 2019 shows the minaret of a mosque and the Church of the Nativity top right the site where Christians believe Jesus was born

Needle, a retail supervisor from Brooklyn, New York, had the $200 quietly returned to her during a commercial break, according to some sharp-eyed viewers.

What happened? One audience member at the taping of Friday's episode seems to have an answer: The Church of the Nativity question was never supposed to air at all.

The Church of Nativity is a World Heritage Site, built in 300 AD.

Longtime show host Alex Trebek, calmly replied, "No".

Contestant Jack McGuire subsequently chimed in with, "What is Israel?" which won him $200.

Despite the fact that the historically Christian Palestinian city has kept its Palestinian identity for thousands of years, Jeopardy has chose to redefine the Palestinian city's historical, cultural, spiritual and even geographical location.

The Church of Nativity is located in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, which is controlled by Palestinian authorities.

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In one question, the long-running game show delved into a longtime contentious debate over geopolitics in the Middle East, and sparked angry reactions from those watching online and at home.

Unacceptable! Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Territories that Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle got the right answer and was robbed).

Viewers, nevertheless, relied on social networks to bang the accurate mistake as well as asked for an apology by the show's manufacturers as well as host. "Bethlehem Clue." In an accompanying statement, they explained they had never meant to air the Church of Nativity clue after concluding there was no clear correct answer.

James Zogby, a Democratic pollster and co-founder of the Arab American Institute, described the exchange on "Jeopardy!" as "an insult to history, reality, [and] the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem". Unfortunately, through human error in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast.

"Palestine should be free", she wrote. In view of our principles and in the interest of equity, we voided the hint and hauled it out.

The replacement clue was "The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe", which McGuire answered correctly with "What is Mexico?" "Both Katie and Jack's scores were reset to what they had been before, and" the outcome of the game was not affected.

"We regret the error and will make sure it does not happen again", the series said in a statement.

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