"Jeopardy!" had a clue about the pandemic.
One contestant shocked fans with an answer that seemed to predict the future on Tuesday's episode when one of the clues on the board referenced a pandemic like the one we’re currently experiencing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The episode was part of the show’s two-week-long College Championship that finds students from various universities competing against each other.
Yale’s Nathaniel Miller selected an $800 clue during Double Jeopardy from the category “Health & Medicine.”
Alex Trebek then read out the clue: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”
Miller quickly hit the buzzer and offered up the correct answer, “What is a pandemic?”
Fans watching at home from the comfort of their quarantine were quick to point out the eerie connection.
One user wrote: “Did anyone else get a lump in their throat when they realized ‘pandemic’ was an answer on #Jeopardy tonight or just me?”
Some questioned whether producers of the show could see the future writing, “Ummm are Jeopardy’s producers clairvoyant?”
“This show has the most prophetic timing with air dates of the clues,” another user quipped.
And one user summed it up perfectly writing, “Too soon.”
Though the episode aired April 7, The Ringer says it was filmed sometime in February shortly before The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
It may simply be a coincidence, but coronavirus started to make waves in February with many countries reporting spikes in positive tests and death, so it’s possible that producers drew inspiration from current events without realizing things would take such a dire turn.
On March 10, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” announced they would be going sans a live audience out of an “abundance of caution.”
One of the most important factors in the decision was not willing to compromise Trebek’s health. The longtime host is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The CDC warned that anyone over 60 years of age and with compromised immune systems were at a high risk for the virus.